Teen Summit - Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sessions & Facilitator Information

Sessions by Kana Zink

Kana Zink has been a domestic violence & sexual violence advocate since 2010. Kana continuously approaches their work with strength-based and trauma-informed practices. Currently as the Support Services Coordinator at Empowerhouse, Kana provides education workshops to area middle and high school youth about healthy relationships, while also supporting the programming of support groups for survivors of all ages. Kana volunteers with Side by Side (RVA) as a facilitator for LGBTQ+ youth support groups and serves on the board for Fredericksburg All Ages, which supports youth-led initiatives for teens to participate in the local DIY music scene. 

Love Is Respect – Healthy Relationships 101

A hands-on, interactive workshop! Learn about red flags in relationships – whether it be in friendships, dating, or family – and better understand healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. We will also discuss how to support a friend if they are in an unsafe or unhealthy situation with a relationship.

Real Talk – Building Your Communication Skills When Dealing with Conflict

Gain more skills with conflict resolution and healthy communication! We will talk about anti-bullying strategies and how to diffuse conflict in all aspects of one’s life.

Sessions by Carolynn Williams 

Carolynn Williams is a certified DISC consultant, coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. With over 20 years of working with individuals and teams, she enjoys empowering people in understanding how they are wired, overcoming limiting belief systems and motivating them to reach their fullest potential through personal development.

DISC personality: Oh, that's why I am the way I am!

An interactive workshop where you will learn your strengths, weaknesses, fears, what motivates you and careers that are great for your unique personality type.

Boundaries: My yes is yes! My no is no!

An interactive workshop: Learn how to identify, enforce and stand strong in your own healthy boundaries.

Sessions by Kecia Evans

Kecia Evans is a resident of Stafford County, Virginia. She is married with four children and has two dogs. Mrs. Evans graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School.  She holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a Master degree in Digital Forensics/Cyber Investigations from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  She is currently pursuing her Master of Law degree from the Regent School of Law.  Kecia Evans has been in the criminal justice field for over eighteen years.  For four years she worked as a Technical Assistant for the Acting Director of the US Marshal Service.  For the last fourteen years, she has been on the frontline of criminal justice systemic impacts and reforms. She currently serves as the Chairwoman for the Stafford County Department of Parks and Recreation and also serves as the Chairwoman for the Special Education Advisory Committee for the Stafford County School Board.


Know Your Rights

Parent Session

This session addresses challenges and concerns that parents are faced with in terms of rearing their child(ren). Best practices on how to manage a household. There will be an opportunity to facilitate the do's and don'ts of parenthood.

Money Matters

This session will give participants an opportunity to be proactive in  establishing a budget, understanding the importance of good credit, and prioritizing the way you spend money.

Social Media

This session will address issues of sexting, cyber-bullying, and establishing parameters that could enhance you career, or be a detriment.

Teen Leadership

This session, hosted by Top Teens of America, will discuss and share the importance of teens creating their own vehicle to have a voice in their community, school, and politics.

Talent Show

The steering committee of the Teen Summit, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 are looking for talent to perform at the Teen Summit. We are looking for singers, comedians, instrumental skills, dance, or etc! We will have at least two microphones and a sound system for each performance. We are limited to ten acts, and you may be required to send in an audition electronically to qualify. If performance requires piano, you would need to bring your own keyboard. Cash prizes for 1st place - $150.00, 2nd place - $75.00, and 3rd place- $25.00. All talent to be considered must contact Forrest Parker at (540) 220-3943 by Friday, May 10, 2019. Performers are limited to Middle and High School students. Individuals who do not attend the Teen Summit, will be charged $5.00 per person.