Take a deep dive into Community Schools Essentials, RestorativePractice, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in the frame of integrated multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS-I).  Strengthen your local Community Schools practice, network with other community schools, and increase the visibility of community schools to advance the movement across the state.

April 17 (1:00pm-4:30pm)

Opening Plenary: Wade Norwood, Youth Panel, Kent McIntosh, Ruth Turner, and Abe Fernández

April 18 (9:00am-5:00pm)

Speakers: Kent McIntosh, Ruth Turner, Stacey Campo, Hortensia Hernandez

Add On – Community Schools 101 Workshop
April 17 (9:00am-12:00pm)

While a growing number of school districts across the country are adapting and scaling the strategy, there are still leaders, practitioners, and partners who have questions about what it means to be a community school and how to get started. This session, led by the National Center for Community Schools, will introduce the foundational elements of the community school strategy and how it can work for your school community.

Note: This activity occurs during the same time as the Site Visits. Participants should not register for both. 

Add On – Site Visits
April 17 (8:45am-12:15pm)

During the Site Visit, participants will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, the community room, talk with staff, observe team meetings, and learn in depth about the practices and programs that are helping students achieve here in Schenectady. There will be an opportunity to speak with some lead partners that provide services and supports to students in our 4 identified Community Schools. Find more details about each of the site visits here.

Note: This activity occurs during the same time as the Community Schools 101 Training. Participants should not register for both. 

Add On – School’s Out, Make it Count! Conference
April 19 & 20

This is the event for education professionals to push the boundaries and create high-quality expanded learning and development opportunities that support New York’s youth. Join in on an exciting two days of innovative learning, engagement, and fun with the New York State Network for Youth Success!

Igniting Community Schools Dinner
Wednesday, April 17
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY

At this dinner, we aim to capitalize on the state and national momentum around community schools and to demonstrate the power of collective vision for igniting community school initiatives and improving the lives of students, families, and communities.

The dinner will feature keynote addresses by national, regional, and local community schools experts, providing a unique platform to unite around a shared definition and joint vision for community schools in New York State. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to leverage community schools to make a difference in our communities.

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, dinner, networking, and learning! Buy your ticket here.

Please Note: Payment links will be sent separately this year.

If you have any questions about registration or to check an existing registration, contact cara@networkforyouthsuccess.org.

Please do not re-submit an application as it will cause duplicates.


◆ Conference rates do not include transportation, lodging, or other expenses.

◆ Lunch is included on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Event Name Site Visits* Community Schools 101 Training* Igniting Community Schools Dinner* NYS Community Schools Resilience & Equity Conference School’s Out, Make it Count! Conference Fri One-Day School’s Out, Make it Count! Conference Sat One-Day School’s Out, Make it Count! Conference Two-Day
Date April 17 (Wed) April 17 (Wed) April 17 (Wed) April 17 & 18 (Wed, Thurs) April 19 (Fri) April 20 (Sat) April 19 & 20 (Fri, Sat)
Rate $50 $50 $75 $250 $185 $185 $300

*Can be purchased independently from Conference ticket.

See our Training Event Policies.

View the Agenda HERE.

Check out the Presenter Bios HERE.


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Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY 
Click here to book your room*.
For a portion of the conference dates: click Book Room, Select Edit Stay at top of page, Adjust dates and guests as needed, Click Update, and Complete Booking process.

You can also book by calling the hotel at 518-272-1700 and reference your group code: NYNYS.
The room block ended March 17, 2024.

Accommodations in Troy, NY
Best Western Plus Franklin Square
Courtyard by Marriott – Troy/Waterfront

Find other area Accommodations HERE.

2024 Sponsors

A very special thank you to all of our sponsors! NYS Community Schools Resilience & Equity Conference would be possible without them. Please feel free to visit our sponsor’s sites and view the amazing services they have to offer.



OUR VISION: To create equitable schools that foster scholar success and community growth.

OUR MISSION: An educator inspired initiative collaborating with the school community, families and partners, to strategically transform schools to cultivate whole, healthy and thriving scholars.

Christine Schuch (212) 598-6862



As part of Children’s Aid, the National Center for Community Schools brings nearly 30 years of experience building the capacity of schools, neighborhoods, school districts, human service providers, and other community resources to work together in the comprehensive and integrated strategy known as community schools. The Center’s consultative and training practice is grounded in Children’s Aid’s experience of operating 20 community schools in New York City since 1992 in addition to the on-site and virtual technical assistance we have provided to practitioners and policy makers across the United States and beyond.

(646) 867-6660


The Network for Youth Success is dedicated to building a youth-serving system that increases the quality and availability of afterschool and expanded learning programs across New York. Our annual conference, Empower Youth Success, now features the NYS Community Schools Resilience & Equity Conference (April 17 & 18). This is the one of the largest training and networking events for afterschool and expanded learning program providers in the state and the only state-wide community schools conference.

If you have any questions about our sponsorship or vending opportunities, please contact Cara Sherwood, (518) 212-7804 or cara@networkforyouthsuccess.org.

Check out the NEW Sponsorship Brochure HERE.

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2024 are Closed. Reach out to Cara Sherwood to get on the list for 2025!