Going All in for Youth: Collaborations for Success

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) was honored to host Focus 2021 on Tuesday, July 27th through Thursday, July 29th, at Westgate Resort in Las Vegas. The theme, “Going All in for Youth: Collaborations for Success,” emphasizes how NSPN’s motto of “Together we can” drives the foundational concept of doing better, together. Alone, you have an idea, and together, we turn the ideas of our network into a source of solutions for youth, families, organizations, and communities. 

NSPN raised the stakes at Focus 2021 by bringing together a group of professionals committed to the following values:

  •  Positive change,
  •  Systems engagement, and
  •  Meaningful collaboration.

NSPN went all-in with youth service providers to help youth and families, build innovative programs, and develop community responses to unmet needs. Focus 2021 featured the voice, experience, knowledge, and ideas of a diverse network of individuals dedicated to keep youth safe.

NSPN strategically reduced the size of the event to 100 participants. This exclusive convene allowed for deeper conversations about challenges the youth services field experience and ideas for better collaboration to make larger impacts on a local, state, and national level. Within 48 hours of opening registration for Focus 2021, 60% of seats were sold. The event sold out within a couple weeks.

Two continuing education units (CEUs) were made available to Focus 2021 participants and all attendees received a certificate of attendance with 20 contact hours.

Focus 2021 Sessions

Full Focus 2021 Schedule
Focus 2021 Session Descriptions

Tuesday, July 27, 2021






Opening Keynote Presentation
Plated breakfast served.
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT

More than Profit: Corporations Supporting Community Change

Workshop Session I
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PDT

  • Youth Led Systems Change
  • Building a Statewide Network to Enhance Safe Place® Sustainability
  • Why Self Care? Increasing Our Impact through Individual Investment

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PDT 

“Together, We Can” Challenges, Collaborations, and Change



Focused Discussions
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT

  • Systems Collaborations to Meet the Safety and Mental-Health Needs of Youth 
  • Safe Place® Collaborations to Meet the Safety and Mental-Health Needs of Youth 


Runaway Games
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PDT

Wednesday, July 28, 2021




NSPN Awards Ceremony
Plated breakfast served.
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT

Workshop Session II
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PDT

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Mental Health
  • Collaborative Approaches to Tragedy
  • Safe Place®: The Next Generation of Outreach

Tool Time
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PDT 

Closing Session
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT


Thursday, July 29, 2021




Full-Day Sessions
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT

  • Change Exchange
  • Safe Place Site and Learn



QuikTrip Luncheon
Plated lunch served.
11:30 a.m.  1:00 p.m. PDT


Las Vegas Accommodations

Focus 2021 was held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The hotel is located at 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV  89109. 

Focus 2021 Sponsors



We'll see you next time!

The NSPN Membership and Safe Place teams doubled down to raise the true odds for attendees, organizations, and the youth served. Please watch www.nspnetwork.org for upcoming events. You may also view details of past conferences including Focus 2020Focus 2018Focus 2016, and Focus 2014If you have any questions, please contact NSPN at 502.635.3660 or [email protected].