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  • RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for the question. Click here to see the 2016 Workshop agenda with resources and topics.

    Thanks,
    RJ

    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    Here’s the draft on what we are thinking about the regions and possible host sites. We would really love to hear some thoughts from all of our members.

    **DRAFT** 2017 Workshop Regions

    East Coast

    Possible Host Locations:
    • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC;
    • UPenn/Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA;
    • ? Washington, D.C.
    • Baltimore, MD

    Regional Café Attendees:

    Maine: Augusta, Dexter/Dover, Blue Hill
    New Hampshire: Concord
    Massachusetts: Leominster
    Connecticut: Hartford
    New York: Albany, Harlem, New York City
    New Jersey: New Brunswick, Mt. Laurel
    Pennsylvania: Philadelphia (2 sites)
    Maryland: Linthicum, Rockville
    Virginia: Arlington?
    North Carolina: Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Whiteville, Morehead City, Gastonia
    Florida: Tallahassee, Tampa?, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Vero Beach, FL
    *Tennessee

    Central

    Possible Host Locations:
    • Chicago, IL
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Dallas, TX

    Regional Café Attendees:
    Minnesota: North Branch
    Michigan: Ypsilanti
    Ohio: Akron
    Illinois: Cahokia, Naperville, DeKalb
    Iowa: Des Moines
    Missouri: St. Louis (2 sites), Farmington
    Arkansas: Pine Bluff
    Texas: Dallas, Waco, Corpus Cristi, Brownsville

    Mountain West
    Possible Host Locations:
    • Tucson, AZ
    • Long Beach, CA
    • Denver, CO

    Regional Café Attendees:
    Montana: Bozeman
    Colorado: Boulder, Ft. Collins, Pueblo, Denver
    New Mexico: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Taos, Española, Los Alamos,
    Farmington, Las Cruces, Mescalero
    Arizona: Tucson
    Idaho: Boise, Caldwell
    Washington: Seattle
    California: San Diego, Long Beach, San Jose, Santa Rosa

    in reply to: Advice for new Adult Leaders/Mentors? #4347
    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    Thank you both for your advice. I must admit, this was a loaded question as I am trying to gain confidence for my new endeavor as the Coordinator for Los Alamos.

    Lawrence, what do you tell your teens regarding the time commitment? Our programs run differently, I know, but Michelle has told people 2 meetings/month (one to plan the event and one is the event). How much time do your teens give to your program/month?

    in reply to: What was your favorite Café this year? #4172
    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    Lawrence, can you give us a little more detail? Those both sound awesome!

    in reply to: Revamping the Facebook Group #4118
    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    One question that was raised is whether or not we, as adults, should “like” the page as to monitor/participate in the discussion. My initial inclination is to say no. I feel the teens would have a more organic, uninhibited conversation if they do not see adults lurking in their business.

    Thoughts?

    in reply to: Teens and Social Media #3515
    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    That is one of the main conversations we have been having around here too (in NM). Is it worth dedicating time and energy to learning the newest, hottest platform, only to have to adapt and change the next day/week/month? Has anyone had success using social media (of any type) to advertise, engage, market, etc. to teens in their area?

    in reply to: What is the best way to communicate with teens? #3459
    RJ MontanoRJ Montano
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    From where I stand, not being a teenager anymore :) I feel texting is a great way to get out short messages to the teens such as café reminders, etc. I don’t think we should discount Social Media, but we need to have a way to contact the teens that they will actually read (or at least glance at!). I did a little research after our call last night and the best way I can figure to send mass texts is to do it via email. It’s a little bit of legwork initially, but I feel it would be worth it. Nothing compared to 100 phone calls! Let me know if you would like more info on how to set it up. I will gladly help!

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