The Thriving Family Summit is a multi-church partnership to make Northern Virginia a place where all youth and families are thriving! We are building a coalition to develop resilient families and youth, and reduce the tragic trends of family breakdown, alcohol abuse, drug use and overdoses, anxiety, depression, and suicide plaguing our community. If you are a parent or teenager in Northern Virginia, this event is for you!
The Thriving Family Summit vision began with a tragic drug overdose and death of a local teenager and a local church offering to host her memorial service. In response, local church and Fairfax County leaders gathered together to identify some specific actions to deepen awareness of the growing teen trends of broken families, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and suicide, and how to make resources better known and accessible. The Thriving Family Summit is a first step in bringing awareness, resources, and real hope to engage challenging issues plaguing our community. We are better working together than alone!
The Thriving Family Summit a free community event sponsored by the western Fairfax Church Coalition and One Heart DC in partnership with Fairfax County. The event will be held at the campus of Korean Central and Christ Central Presbyterian Churches in Centreville from 12:30-6pm, and will include expert speakers and resource tables on these critical topics.
12:30pm Doors Open for Registration; Resource Center available until 6pm
2:15pm Breakout Session #1 (All Breakout Sessions will repeat in Session #2)
3:00pm Breakout Session #2
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This session will address how to build a culture at home that is marked by intentionality, personal awareness and a commitment to best practices that promote emotional connectedness.
Sam and Alice are passionate about helping people grow in relational, spiritual and emotional health and maturity. Their workshops are designed to educate, equip, and encourage faith-based, Gospel-centered individuals and families. Combined, they have over 40 years of clinical, pastoral and personal experience working with youth and families. They’ve been married close to 16 years and enjoy building a home with two daughters.
The session will be presented by police officers who are on the front lines in the fight against illegal narcotics and their flow into the community.
Sgt. Lon Anthony
Fairfax County Police, Supervisor Organized Crime and Narcotics
Lon has 24 years experience in law-enforcement and 13 years as a narcotics supervisor. He is a former Marine combat veteran. He also serves as an ordained pastor, working with youth for the past 15 years.
The Internet has drastically changed the way that society interacts with each other. We have access to tools which allow us to express our creativity with people from all over the world. Yet along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with individuals, the Internet also offers new risks: exposure to inappropriate material, cyberbullying, online predators and revealing too much personal information.
Special Agent Kris Eyler
Kris Eyler has been a Special Agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) since 2003. She is currently assigned to the HIS Washington, D.C. child exploitation group and has been a full-time member of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) since 2009. During that time, Kris has been assigned to work on all aspects of child exploitation investigations.
Detective Michael Croson
Michael Croson has been with the Town of Herndon Police Department since 2005. He is currently assigned as a full-time member of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. ICAC since 2009. During that time, Michael has been assigned to work on all aspects of child exploitation investigations and missing/runaway juveniles for the Town of Herndon.
Lise has been a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia for over 20 years. Lise received a BA & BS from Shepherd University and an MSW from The University of Maryland. Lise is a certified Master Addiction Counselor by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP). Lise has a keen understanding as to how ADHD affects clients, & how to develop paths to overall improved functioning.
You may speak the same language, live in the same house, and be a part of the same family, but do you actually know the world in which your children live in? Come and see for yourself how different their world may be from yours. This session will explore today's youth culture, and help parents better understand what is going on in the minds of our youth, so that we can move towards building healthier families.
Philip is completed his B.A. at UCLA and received his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During college, he took a gap year to volunteer in Cambodia, and since then has traveled to over 20 different countries. He has been a youth pastor for the past seven years and absolutely loves what he does! His passion is to see “developing adults” (his term for teenagers) come to know and become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
At 16, he said if I left him, he might kill himself. Chances are each one of us has been in a situation where a friend has struggled with something big and we didn’t know what to do. Maybe it wasn’t suicide. Maybe it was cutting, addiction, a bad relationship, or something else. We are left wanting to help, but not sure how. This session will give some tangible steps to help your friend, as well as an opportunity for some anonymous Q and A. Whether you have a friend already in this situation or are preparing for possibilities in the future, this is a don’t miss session.
Beth Wolff just moved across country from Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two daughters to take a pastoral position at Clarksburg Church — a campus of Fairfax Community Church, in Clarksburg, Maryland. She has spent the previous seven years at Mountain Park Community Church as the Pastor over their birth through college and parenting ministry.
This workshop will develop a deeper understanding of dangers of the internet and inappropriate online behavior.
Kim is the founder of Destiny Propelled Coaching & Consulting and Yahweh Properties. Prior to establishing her Coaching Company, Kim mentored individuals who were victims of Sex Trafficking. This mentoring propelled her into becoming a Certified Life Coach for Women and Teen girls.
Interactive game show about signs and symptoms of depression using the Fairfax County youth survey data. Learn how to identify when peers are struggling and how to talk to a friend in need. Learn about the Kognito module, Friend to Friend, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and win prizes!
Jennifer Christy, MA
Jennifer Christy is native Northern Virginian who earned her degree and license as a Marriage & Family Therapist in California before returning home to the east coast. She has worked with children, teens, and adults who have suffered with trauma, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. She is currently supervising the prevention unit of the CSB with a focus on suicide and substance abuse prevention in the community.
In this session, we will discuss my life story and how my family's response to a crisis helped define our outlook on life and situations as they arise. How we handle the unexpected situations in life predicts how stable we will be throughout our lives. With a positive attitude, rooted in good principles, we can overcome anything. A routine grounded in faith and a strong understanding that God is in control and that the suffering will ultimately end in victory. Having our foundation in God allows us to prepare and manage well those circumstances, especially with regards to family.
Bo Machayo is a first generation African-American with parents from Uganda and Kenya. He is currently the Co-Founder of Global Inheritance, a non profit organization impacting the lives of the diaspora population globally. Most recently, he served in the Obama Administration as the Principal Deputy Associate Director of Public Engagement for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, engaging with diverse stakeholders across the government. Before then, he was an aide to both Secretary Jeh Johnson and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand handling a variety of issues including homeland security, health, education, and labor. For the past four years he has also coaches basketball for elementary and middle school girls and a mentor to kids across Loudoun and Fairfax Public Schools. He is the proud oldest sibling of four; one younger brother, two little sisters, and a graduate of Wake Forest University with degrees in Economics and Political Science.
This worshop will present various stress management skills. Participants will practice skills including distraction, grounding, emotional release, self-love, thought challenge and accessing your higher self. Come find what works for you!
Danielle S. Armstrong, MSW
School Social Worker, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Danielle Armstrong is the school social worker at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). This is her 4th year at TJHSST and 7th year as a school social worker. She is also the sponsor of TJ Minds Matter and co-wrote the activities with the Josh Anderson Foundation for Minds Matter. She has given numerous parent presentations to the TJ community and presented at the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools conference in November 2016 on mental wellness.