June 15-16, 2019 || University of Maryland College Park Park Adele H. Stamp Student Union.
The FCN Foundation and the University of Maryland College Park's Fostering Terp Success are proud to partner to bring you the Sixth Alumni Powerhouse Networking Conference. Fostering Terp Success is an initiative of the Division of Student Affairs and is directed by the Fostering Terp Success Working Group. It is a campus-wide community of support and belonging to aid students who were or are in foster care, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, or who are without a supportive family system. Their comprehensive network of staff, faculty, and alumni is committed to creating a safe community that works to remove barriers and assist students in accessing essential campus services, navigating challenges, and developing self-advocacy and life skills.
The APNC will bring adults who have experienced the foster care system from across the country to a safe and supportive space where they can promote their business endeavors, get feedback from fellow Alumni, and learn how to build and expand their businesses and non-profits. Additionally they will form lasting connections with Alumni to support them professionally and personally. The Conference will feature an Education/Career Development Tract especially for students ages 18-25 (Vocational/Post-Secondary/etc.) in and from foster care!
Day Two (June 16th) of the conference will feature an Improving Foster Care Outcomes and Sharing Successes Panel which will also integrate Global Foster Care Discussion led by Alumni of foster care from around the world. This day will be open to guests from all fields that have worked in foster care, want to learn more about foster care or who are involved in work that overlaps with foster care. This means our corporate, Higher Ed, Public Servant, Community organization, child welfare and Foundation guests, both Alumni and non-alumni are invited to attend.
We want to connect to our foster care alumni near and far through the APNC App! The App will include conference information, speakers bios, educational items, and links to resources for Alumni to thrive!
We are excited to partner with other organizations to provide an exceptional experience to allow our alumni to thrive. Please see the available sponsorship levels below. Transactions over $10,000 must be sent via check.
Platinum Sponsor: $50,000
Gold Sponsor: $35,000
Silver Sponsor: $10,000
Hope Sponsor: $5,000
Collateral Material: Printed items and event giveaways such as t-shirts, bracelets, information cards, and notebooks.
Catering: Catering for the two-day conference.
IT operations: Registration, social media wall, and APNC App management.
Social Media: Donating up to 20 posts and 20 shares on each of the donating organizations social media channels.
Social Media Advertising: Assisting with the payment for advertising.
News feature: Digital and Print Magazine ads or feature.
OUR CEO & OUR STORY
Shalita graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a BA in criminology and also holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Mrs. O'Neale founded Fostering Change Network LLC in 2012 as a way to use her 13 years of experience child welfare training, program development and advocacy to connect young professionals with foster care histories, like herself, through local and national professional networking events such as the Alumni Powerhouse Networking Conferences (APNC), that have taken place in Maryland, California and New York City since 2015. Her desire to help adults from foster care secure resources that will allow them to contribute to the economic development in their communities led her to found the Fostering Change Network Foundation
Shalita is also the Founder of Hope Forward, Inc., now a program of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services established in 2008, based in Baltimore City that worked with transitioning and former foster youth (ages 17-25) to connect them to housing, education, employment and supportive networks. Mrs. O'Neale formerly served as the Foster Youth Ombudsman for the Maryland Department of Human Services.
In 2011, she was honored as one of The Daily Record’s 20 In Their Twenties and the BFree Daily’s 2nd Annual 10 People to Watch Under 30, the Prince Georges County Social Innovation Fund’s 2015 Forty Under 40, featured in the 2013 October issue of Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2014 as one of their Forty Under 40. Mrs. O’Neale also serves on the Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC) and the Board of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. Mrs. O’Neale is also a Graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 Leadership Program.