Thursday, May 3, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave, St Paul (get directions)

$45 registration fee

As a YGTC Team Member there is no cost for you to attend, but you must have been pre-approved by Ben Thomaas.

Open to all who are interested: Y members, volunteers, full-time and part-time YMCA staff, corporate and community partners, and outstate YMCAs.

Inspiring keynote speakers, practical breakout sessions, worship, prayer, and leadership development!

Keynote Speakers

David Newman

David Newman, Countryside YMCA and Antioch Church, Ohio

DMin in the History and Mission of the YMCA

Dr. David Newman is one of the world’s leading experts on the history and mission of the YMCA. He has spent more than a decade training, speaking, and inspiring a vision of the global potential of the YMCA. He pastors a church that is strategically partnered with his local Y and has a life-long vision of developing church partnerships among the 14,000 YMCAs across the globe.

David has had the opportunity to experience the mission of the YMCA in some of the most remote parts of the world as he has helped to build YMCAs in developing nations, train village leaders, and play with many orphans who are cared for by the Y. Most importantly,

David loves God, his amazing wife, and his four sons. They live in Lebanon, Ohio where he coaches his sons, teaches people about Jesus, and is often amazed at the mercy of the Lord.

Eric Alexander

Eric Alexander, The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Washington, D.C.

Youth Justice Advocate

At age 17 Eric Alexander went to prison to serve two 25-year sentences. After 10 years he was released on parole, but not before he had furthered his education, renounced his gang membership, and come to faith in Christ. After his release Eric served as the Program Director for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. He operated a three-point program that addressed the socio-emotional development in students with behavioral and academic performance issues. Today he speaks to groups throughout the country in support of education and advocacy efforts.

Eric is a founding member of the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN). He also works with formerly incarcerated youth to help engage them deeply and strategically in the movement for the fair sentencing and treatment of all children.

During his down time Eric enjoys spending time with family and cycling. He finds time for a “flea market flip” every now and then.