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In addition to providing conference attendees with thought-provoking speakers and exhibitors sharing ideas on how to improve one's neighborhood's quality of life, information packed workshops are also offered providing attendees with first-hand experiences, knowledge, ideas and tools from influential neighborhood advocates and professionals from across Virginia to help them meet the challenges and threats facing their neighborhoods today. The information gained from these workshops will be invaluable toward helping attendees develop real life-changing solutions to the problems facing their neighborhood and community. In addition, workshops designed specifically for young people (ages 13-18) attending the Youth Café are also offered to help them learn how they can make a difference in their own lives as well as in their own community.

Listed below are the 2019 Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference workshops being offered:

Youth Café Workshops (for youth attendees 13-18 years of age)


Session 1 Youth Café Workshop - Friday, September 13 (10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.)

YOU Matter- Inspired by Start with Hello - how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other.


Session 2 Youth Café Workshop - Friday, September 13 (1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.)

How to Graduate Debt-Free - how a recent VA Tech grad graduated debt-free and founded their own company while still in college that will include designing a game plan to get you started on your scholarship journey!


Session 3 Youth Café Workshop - Friday, September 13 (3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

YOU in 20 Years! - develop effective problem solving and decision-making skills while being inspired by the life lessons of one who turned his life around.


Session 4 Youth Café Mobile Workshop - Saturday, September 14 (9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.)

Roanoke’s ‘Center in the Square’ Facility Tour - a tour of Roanoke’s ‘Center in the Square’ that will include seeing an array of fascinating aquariums, an urban garden, the pinball museum and ’Starcade’. The tour will conclude with a special visit to one of the facility’s most unique businesses guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!



Adult Workshops


Session 1 Workshops - Friday, September 13 (10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.)

S1-A) Conducting Effective Meetings

This dynamic workshop will demonstrate how to lead highly effective meetings every time. Learn skills to efficiently plan and deliver meeting content that meets the intended purpose. Understand and review Robert’s Rule of Order.

S1-B Fighting Back – How a Small Condominium Association Shut Down an Owner Occupied Drug House Through Partnerships.

Learn how one small condominium HOA came together and took back their community by regaining control of an owner-occupied drug house through partnerships and relationships. Learn the skills, tools and avenues needed to strategically position yourselves to combat the toughest of housing situations.

S1-C YOU in 20 Years!

Learn effective problem-solving and decision-making skills and be inspired by the life lessons of Antwyne Calloway...from his background from incarceration to becoming an entrepreneur and giving back to his community today.

S1-D Empowering Neighborhoods Through Successful Communication

Neighborhoods are successful when people can identify ways of communicating effectively with those they may not relate with. Understanding your leadership style will help you become a more effective communicator both personally and professionally.


Session 2 Workshops - Friday, September 13 (1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.)

S2-A How YOU Doin’?

Using the 3C’s of communication, culture and connection, this interactive workshop will provide tools to reignite the spark and build more resilience in our neighborhoods, our workplaces and in our lives.

S2-B Effective Grant Writing

Learn some tools for writing and winning grants that will help your neighborhood meet financial goals to undertake projects.

S2-C Who Knew You Could Hugelkultur Your Community Park?

Learn how the Greater Grandview Neighborhood Watch Association in Roanoke, VA created hugelkultur beds in their community park. This innovative gardening technique encapsulated a successful growing environment that helped build a gardening community for everyone to see and experience!

S2-D Empowering Neighborhoods Through Successful Communication

Neighborhoods are successful when people can identify ways of communicating effectively with those they may not relate with. Understanding your leadership style will help you become a more effective communicator both personally and professionally and will improve your ability in becoming an effective leader.


Session 3 Workshops - Friday, September 13 (3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

S3-A Every Neighborhood Counts

Understand how the 2020 Census impacts your community and learn how to get full support using partnerships and public tools.

S3-B Empowerment Through Knowledge – Fair Housing Remains the Best Kept Secret 50 Years Later

Looking at the Fair Housing law of 1968 ,50 years later, does it still hold truth today? Is fair housing a reality? Learn the new and trending laws in housing occurring today.

S3-C Growing Community Through Communication Gardening

Learn how to establish a successful communication garden. This workshop will teach the importance of tailoring your projects, unique communities, evaluation tools and measurements and how to foster a culture of wellness!

S3-D “Fighting Back – How a Small Condominium Association Shut Down an Owner Occupied Drug House Through Partnerships.”

Learn how one small condominium HOA came together and took back their community by regaining control of an owner-occupied drug house through partnerships and relationships. Learn the skills, tools and avenues needed to strategically.


Session 4 Mobile Workshops - Saturday, September 14 (9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.)

S4-A Mobile Workshop - (May Require Some Walking)

Exploring Roanoke’s Historic Neighborhoods

This tour will highlight the history and architecture of several Roanoke historic African-American and European-American neighborhoods while weaving the rich social history that tied them together in the past-and today.

S4-B Mobile Workshop - (May Require Some Walking)

MOTA - Roanoke’s Neighborhood Revitalization Story

Learn how Roanoke ‘targets’ their federal funding with partnering agencies and investors to ‘target’ the revitalization of the city’s neighborhoods on this narrated neighborhood development tour highlighting neighborhood revitalization efforts currently underway in the city’s Melrose-Orange Target Area.

S4-C Mobile Workshop - (May Require Some Walking)

The Power of Partnerships for Strong Neighborhoods

Tour SE Roanoke where a community is utilizing the power of partnerships and collaborations to implement positive projects and change negative perceptions of the neighborhood with a visit to Roanoke’s famed Mill Mountain star.

S4-D Mobile Workshop - (Requires Bicycling)

Connecting Neighborhoods by Greenways

Explore a few miles of Roanoke's bike-friendly greenway along the Roanoke River and learn how greenways tie communities and neighborhoods together. Roanoke Bikeshare bikes and helmets provided. Riders must sign a Hold Harmless Waiver.

S4-E (On-Site Workshop)

Empowering Neighborhoods to Make a Difference via Adult Education

Learn how to organize and build neighborhood organizations by defining their purpose, identifying sustained external supports and explaining the need and methods to effectively evaluate and provide follow-up of activities and processes.

S4-F Mobile Workshop - (Youth & Chaperones Only)

Roanoke’s ‘Center in the Square’ Facility Tour.