26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM


February 16 - 19, 2014

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

9800 Queensway Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572


FORUM Program

Registration Brochure

Pre-FORUM Workshops

Exhibit Application


Contact Staff

 John Gailer - 864-656-2675

 Denise Gianforcaro - 864-656-3882

 John Peters - 864-656-0253




You are invited to attend the 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, “Providing Hope and Support in and Beyond the Classroom,” to be held Sunday, February 16, 2014, through Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This year's FORUM is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families, especially to assist those in at-risk situations.

During the FORUM, innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and evidence-based research will share in the areas of (1) science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, (2) juvenile justice and law enforcement, (3) educational alternatives, (4) connections and engagement, (5) interacting with specific populations, (6) leadership, policy, and governance, and (7) future teachers in action.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Dr. Mark Wilson

2009 National Principal of the Year

Dr. Mark Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University. Previously, in his position as Principal of Morgan County High School in Madison, GA, Mark was named 2009 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Mark has served as the President of the Georgia Association of Education Leaders and has been honored by the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Senate and invited to the Governor’s Office. In his soon-to-be-released book, “Up! The Direction of Success”, Dr. Wilson provides a proven strategy for high school students in their quest to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed for success in the real world. Read On


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ms. Donna Tyson

Motivational Speaker and Author

Donna Tyson is known across the country as a powerful motivational speaker, author of an inspiring children’s book on self-esteem entitled The Red Bow, former radio and television show host, and community leader. Donna is a monthly featured writer on work/life balance issues in the South Carolina Woman Magazine. She designed and taught certification classes for Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association on “Outstanding Customer Service” and “Management to Leadership.” Donna was voted 2008 Best of the Beach Inspirational Speaker by the Myrtle Beach Herald. She is currently based out of Haiti where she has taken on a mission based ministry out of her love to help the Haitian people. Read On


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dr. Willie Kimmons

Motivational Speaker, Author, and Educator

Dr. Willie Kimmons is currently serving as an Educational Consultant for Pre-K-16 schools, author of five books and as a motivational speaker. He provides consultant services for public and private schools, two and four year colleges and universities throughout the country in the areas of Title I programs; parental involvement; teacher and administrative training; management; budget development; strategic and long range planning; collective bargaining; contract negotiations; human resource development; and stress management. Willie is the 2003 recipient of the Furthering Rights, Investing in Equality and Nurturing Diversity Award and the 2006 recipient of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Lifetime Achievement Award. Read On