Youth First 2018
Youth First 2018


The following is the general agenda for the day of the conference. Scroll down for Keynote and Session information.


8:00am - Vendor Check-in

8:30am - Participant Registration

9:00am - Vendor Exhibits

9:30am - Breakfast / Auditorium Opens

10:00am - Welcome & Introduction

10:30am - Keynote Presentation

12:00pm - Lunch/Vendor Exhibits

1:00pm - Breakout Session

1:45pm - Break/Afternoon Snack

2:45pm - Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks



Alton Fitzgerald White captivates audiences whenever and wherever he performs. The triple talented singer, actor, dancer has starred in six smash Broadway hits! He made his Broadway starring debut as John in Miss Saigon with his powerful heart rending performance of the anthem “Bui Doi” bringing nightly ovations.


Demonstrating his vocal versatility Alton then moved on to the more aggressive role of The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy, the hit rock-opera.


Next was the popular Broadway show Smokey Joe’s Café where Alton dazzled theatergoers with dynamic renditions of Leiber and Stoller classics. His commanding performance reached new heights as he sang and danced the romantic pas de deux “Spanish Harlem,” to stunning applause. This performance lead to his West End debut in the original London company of the smash hit.


Not long after returning to the States, Alton landed the coveted starring role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime: The Musical. The journey began with the pre-Broadway original company in Toronto opposite 6 time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald, the critically acclaimed national tour and ultimately Broadway, opposite Tony Award Winner LaChanze. His performance mesmerized audiences into consistent emotional standing ovations.


Alton’s next move took him on the road to originate the role of Mufasa in the 1st National Tour (The Gazelle Tour) of Disney’s The Lion King. After just over a year of touring, Alton was thankfully invited to take over the role in the Broadway company. Then, in the Fall of 2007, Alton was offered the amazing opportunity to play the role of Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple opposite American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. For a phenomenal 3 weeks, Alton was blessed with the wonderful challenge of rehearsing the role of the troubled, tortured Mister during the day while performing the role of the iconic father Mufasa in the evenings. Being a part of 2 incredible Broadway shows at the same time is a thrilling honor that Alton will never ever forget.


After an exceptionally blessed 5 1/2 years of continuous 8 shows a week on Broadway, Alton took a year off for TV (episodes of “Law and Order”), Film (The Invention of Lying, directed by and starring the brilliant multi-award winning comedian, Ricky Gervais), concerts around the world, voice-overs and commercial work. In 2009, Disney invited Alton to re-create the role of Mufasa for a record breaking, sit-down company at The Mandalay Bay in Viva Las Vegas where he fell in love with the mountains, hiking and Bikram Yoga. After a phenomenal year in Vegas, he was again invited back into the Broadway company. October 2012 marked the release of his critically acclaimed, smash hit CD, Disney My Way, full of wonderful re-imagined Disney classics and in August of 2014, Alton gratefully surpassed a phenomenal milestone of over 4000 performances as King Mufasa in The Lion King! 

Breakout Session
Surviving and Thriving:
Trauma and Resilience Basics


Presented by

John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW
Director of Mental Health
Lead Trauma & Resilience Educator

The Trauma and Resilience Basics Course provides participants with an understanding and skill base in the five following areas:

1.  Trauma - The Most Basic Public Health Issue: Participants will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact on youth and adult mental and physical wellness.

2.  Trauma - The Impact on the Brain: Participants will learn the upstairs/downstairs brain model and basic interventions for consumers who are in "survival mode."

3.  Trauma - The Impact on At-Risk Behaviors: Participants will learn how to respond to the NEED rather than reacting to the BEHAVIOR and create effective responses to promote trauma healing, minimize re-traumatization, and increase positive behaviors.

4.  Resilience - Building Individual Resilience into Everyday Action: Participants will learn to promote self-regulation, positive self-identity, and co-regulation skills that are specific to the population they serve. Specific resilience-building strategies will be explored in depth.

5.  Resilience - Building Community Resilience: Participants will learn the Virtuous Cycle, the foundations for building Trauma Informed Communities, and the collective impact models of resilience that improve population health outcomes.

February 9, 2018

Conference Location

Fredericksburg EXPO & Conference Center

2371Carl D. Silver Parkway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401





National Counseling Group

(Title Sponsor)


Compass Counseling
Rappahannock United Way

(Platinum Sponsor)


The Hughes Center

(Gold Sponsors)


Hallmark Youthcare
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
Southstone Behavioral Healthcare Center

(Silver Sponsors)


Centra Health

Employment Resources Inc

Fair Winds
Family Preservation Services

First Home Care
New Hope Treatment

Newport News Behavioral Health Center
Poplar Springs Hospital

Springbrook Behavioral Health

(Bronze Sponsors)

Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 8th

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Vendor Setup at EXPO


Friday, February 9th


Vendor Check-in

Participant Registration

Vendor Exhibits & Networking


Breakfast / Auditorium Open

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Presentation

Lunch/Vendor Exhibits

Breakout Session

Break/Afternoon Snack

Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks

Hotel Information for Vendors

Hilton Garden Inn (Central Park)

1060 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Rate: $94.00 per night

Block Code: YF2018
Phone Reservations:


or 1-800-782-9444

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