2017 Statewide THRIVE Conference


The THRIVE Conference showcases the impressive humanitarian work happening in Nevada. Health and human services providers, teachers, community volunteers, public service employees, and many others come together for this event. The intent is to provide a forum for education and networking while unifying this diverse group under the context of social justice as too many fail to grasp the potentially transformative nature of their work.

This year’s conference had 150 attendees from nonprofits, public agencies, and human service providers who enjoyed a half-day of networking, inspiration, and support for the rewarding and challenging work of serving our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Community Chest staff member Farah Rashdan read her original poem “The Desert People”, honoring the people who serve, and the people we serve. Click here to read Farah’s poem.

Thank you to the Nevada Community Action Association
for its generous support of this year’s THRIVE Conference!

 2017 Social Justice Superheroes unmasked!


THRIVE Statewide Conference @Silver Stage High School
3755 Spruce Ave, Silver Springs, NV 89429

Conference Schedule:

8:00      Registration 

9:00      Welcome by Edrie LaVoie, Conference Host 

9:15      Why THRIVE? by Erik Schoen, Community Chest 

9:30      Poetry Readings 

9:45      Keynote Speaker – Lisa Lee, Northern Nevada HOPES 

10:00   Focus on Collaboration: Why Youth?

Wendy Madson, Executive Director of the Healthy Communities Coalition, will lead a presentation and panel answering in the affirmative for deep and meaningful youth participation: Yes!

11:15   Focus on Collaboration #2: FASTT and MOST – not just acronyms

Jessica Flood, Regional Behavioral Health Coordinator, will lead a panel discussing their attempts to provide needed resources and better wrap-around services to those with mental health and substance use disorders. 

12:00     Presentation of Social Justice Superhero Awards

 12:30     Close by Erik Schoen