2018 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference

Strengthening Communities: Promoting Resiliency in Youth and Families

May 30 – June 1, 2018
Washington, DC

About the Conference

The purpose of the 2018 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference, "Strengthening Communities: Promoting Resiliency in Youth and Families," is to provide on-site training, technical assistance, and networking for invited Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grantees and Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) grantees. It is expected that close to 700 representatives from over 150 grantee organizations will attend the 2018 conference. The conference will include keynote speakers, workshops, poster presentations, roundtable sessions, exhibitors, and grantee networking opportunities.

This year's conference, scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC, is designed specifically for invited ACF and OAH grantees to network, connect, and learn new strategies to improve their adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) programming and adolescent health outcomes.

By the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two strategies to promote resiliency in youth, families, and communities.
  2. Obtain resources to effectively meet the needs of vulnerable youth populations.
  3. Connect with APP grantees and other ACF and OAH grantees to network and share resources, lessons learned, and innovative practices.
  4. Identify new tools, resources, and connections for organizational capacity, evaluation, social media marketing, and/or sustainability.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of emerging trends in adolescent pregnancy prevention.

The conference is organized around the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Program Implementation
  • Track 2: Sustainability, Organizational Capacity, and Management
  • Track 3: Vulnerable Youth
  • Track 4: Engaging Families and Communities
  • Track 5: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues
  • Track 6: Research and Evaluation

Current ACF and OAH grantees, researchers, program implementers, policy makers, and others from the field at large are encouraged to submit abstracts related to one or more of the above conference tracks.

Track 1: Program Implementation

Aimed at project directors, front line staff, facilitators, and partners, sessions in this track will focus on program implementation and improvement and on methods for ensuring high-quality programming and services. Possible topic areas include:

  • Recruiting, retaining, and engaging youth (including vulnerable or hard-to-reach youth)
  • Involving youth in program design and/or delivery
  • Implementing evidence-based programs with fidelity
  • Incorporating culturally-competent practices in program delivery
  • Collaborating with other organizations to provide wraparound services and referrals for youth
  • Understanding barriers and facilitators to program delivery
  • Engaging in continuous quality improvement (CQI)
  • Implementing positive youth development approaches
  • Implementing trauma-informed approaches
  • Adapting program models

Track 2: Sustainability, Organizational Capacity, and Infrastructure

Aimed at project directors and coordinators, sessions in this track will focus on strategies for ensuring sustainable programs and services and opportunities for strategic communication and dissemination; building organizational capacity for program implementation and service delivery; program management; and workforce training development. Possible topic areas include:

  • Fostering cross-grantee relationships
  • Planning for sustainable programming
  • Branding and marketing programs for diverse audiences
  • Packaging and dissemination
  • Developing multi-sector partnerships to achieve collective impact
  • Gaining stakeholder and community buy-in
  • Engaging in strategic communications
  • Messaging and crafting a story
  • Leveraging resources and identifying diverse funding options
  • Taking a culturally-appropriate approach to program management and service delivery
  • Developing a well-trained and culturally-competent workforce
  • Scaling up evidence-based programs
  • Replicating successful practices
  • Taking a culturally-appropriate approach to program management and service delivery
  • Building capacity to partner and collaborate
  • Nurturing the workforce, including personal wellness
  • Managing sub-awardees

Track 3: Vulnerable Youth

Applicable to any staff role, sessions in this track will focus on best practices and research for working with vulnerable youth, as well as community stakeholders and partners. Possible topic areas include:

  • Engaging and empowering youth
  • Engaging adolescent males
  • Working with system involved youth
  • Working with runaway and homeless youth
  • Working with ethnic/racial minority youth
  • Working with youth with histories of trauma, abuse, or neglect
  • Working with tribal youth
  • Working with youth-serving organizations (i.e. state agencies, child welfare, juvenile justice, special needs programs) that serve vulnerable youth
  • Working with young parents and caregivers

Track 4: Engaging Families and Communities

Applicable to any staff role, sessions in this track will focus on best practices and research for engaging parents and caregivers and garnering community support. Possible topic areas include:

  • Engaging parents in adolescent pregnancy prevention work
  • Reaching non-traditional caregivers (i.e. foster parents and adoptive parents)
  • Recruiting and retaining young parents in programming
  • Evidence-based and effective programs for young parents and secondary pregnancy prevention
  • Promoting parent-child communication around adolescent sexual health
  • Communication strategies that are effective in gaining community involvement and support

Track 5: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues

Applicable to any staff role, sessions in this track will focus on new research and practice findings, technological innovations, and updates from the adolescent pregnancy and sexual risk avoidance education fields. Sessions may also focus on new and emerging issues that affect the APP field or youth that APP programs serve. Possible topic areas include:

  • Understanding trends in adolescent pregnancy and reproductive health
  • Utilizing emerging pregnancy prevention and reproductive health practices
  • Understanding trends in abstinence programming and new contraceptive technology
  • Using media and technology
  • Implementing and evaluating innovative and emerging programs
  • Establishing and leveraging unique partnerships
  • Understanding the effects of emerging public health issues (e.g., opioids, human trafficking) on adolescent pregnancy prevention

Track 6: Research and Evaluation

Geared toward evaluators and project directors, sessions in this track will focus on grantee and federal evaluation efforts, evaluation methods and techniques, and data collection and analyses. Possible topic areas include:

  • Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Reporting findings from grantee/federal implementation and performance measures analyses
  • Using new and emerging evaluation methods, analyses, and techniques
  • Leveraging data tools and resources
  • Implementing evaluation designs
  • Using performance measures
  • Evaluating the needs of youth through needs assessments
  • Using data to demonstrate program effectiveness
  • Communicating evaluation results effectively
  • Conducting cost-benefit analyses
  • Strengthening collaboration efforts between evaluators and program managers


For general questions about the conference or registration please contact prepta@rti.org. For questions about submitting an abstract, please contact prepta-abstracts@rti.org.