You are invited to submit a proposal to lead a Breakout Session.
Each session averages 30-80 participants and ranges in length from 45-90
We are looking for practical, action-oriented sessions that
will focus on concrete, transferable guidance that will inform youth
development stakeholders' programming, policymaking, and/or funding strategies.
An effective session will result in participants walking away with increased
knowledge and a plan for how to effectively use this knowledge to improve
skills and abilities in a way that leads to performance improvement. Please
refer to the submission criteria for more instruction on speaker variety and
Breakout sessions must be
engaging and participatory. To support this, submitters are asked to select from
one of the session types below or propose a new, innovative format.
Real-time group problem solving and discussion around a
specific problem faced by a program (e.g., going to scale, sustainability,
barriers to implementation and/or reach). Presenters will have 20 – 30 minutes
to 1) describe the problem and 2) describe what solutions have been tried to
address the problem. The audience will be invited to generate real-time
recommendations for a way forward. These sessions are designed to enable
collaborative, creative group problem solving. Outcomes of the session may be
shared with participants.
A forum for presenter(s) to move forward on a central
question, draft paper, or project by receiving constructive suggestions from
attendees. The session should start by identifying what they expect the
end result to be and let the guided conversation and discussion get them to
this end result. This session type requires an experienced facilitator to
ensure the conversation moves forward productively.
Oxford Style Debate session requires all audience members to select a
particular section of the room in which to sit before the debate begins based
on agreeing or disagreeing with the starting statement and/or hypothesis.
Audience members are encouraged to demonstrate their agreement or disagreement
as the debate progresses by moving from their seat in one section to another.
Audience movement will give important feedback both to the speakers and to other
audience members. This session will have two “kick-off speakers.” They get the
debate going, set the parameters of main argumentation, and contest each
There should be a time period for the audience to
participate and ask questions. Audience speakers are to make arguments, agree
or disagree with particular points, raise new concerns, explain why they are
sitting on a particular side, etc. At the end of the sessions there is an
announcement of house results based on where the audience is seated.
This session type requires an experienced facilitator to
moderate the debate and ensure the conversation progresses.
session should have no more than three presenters, and each TED Talk should
last between 10-15 minutes. This requires the speaker to get very focused on
the underlying message they want to convey and to deliver that message in a
A moderator should briefly introduce an over-arching theme
that will tie in the stories of all speakers. The presentation is followed by
an interactive discussion, where audience members are given the opportunity to
comment and ask questions. This will ensure a connection between the ideas
being presented and actually learning and applying them.
Also remember these general principles: speak of failures
and successes, communicate your vision, do not sell from the stage, and do not
read your speech.
This format is a great way to engage an audience in assessing the
obstacles of a very specific topic. First, the topic is presented and should
include the main objectives, components, and a review of the intervention’s
results. This should take no more than 10 minutes. The audience begins with a
20 – 25 minute window to ask a variety of questions (20 max) on the topic to
form a better picture of what worked and what did not. For example: “Why was
XYZ not successful/effective?” and “What did you do to try to ensure the
sustainability and growth of the project?”
The audience is then asked to split into groups of 4-5 to
discuss what they would have done differently. After 15 minutes each group
reports out to the others, and all answers are recorded by someone at the
front. Presenters then wrap up the session by reviewing their thoughts on each
of the audience ideas.
During this type of session, presenters will have the opportunity to
highlight a tool or new piece of research to a small group of participants.
Presenters are encouraged to showcase their tool/research for 5-10 minutes
before facilitating a 35-40 minute roundtable discussion on creative ways to
implement each tool and/or research finding. Participants are especially
looking for open-source material.
This session begins with 2-3 panelists on stage and one empty seat. The
empty seat is for an audience member who has a strong point of view to add to
the conversation. One by one, attendees can come up, sit in the open seat, and
add their perspective to the discussion. Afterwards, they return to their seat
in the audience and let someone else take their place in the open seat. This
allows for a greater diversity of perspectives and allows the audience to be
more invested in the conversation. This format requires an experienced