Join us for keynotes and leadership training on coalition building, advocacy, and storytelling in prevention.

Who should attend: Youth who participate in coalition, Adult coalition leaders, Those interested in joining and/or starting a coalition

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Join us for our Fall Youth Coalition Development Retreat!
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  • 9am-5pm
  • Macomb Community College, South Campus, Warren, MI


  • Youth Registration: $15
  • Adult Registration: $30
    • Registration includes a goodie bag with a T-Shirt, Lunch, and Snacks throughout the day!

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Youth – $15

Adult/Chaperone – $30

This cost includes lunch, snacks throughout the day, and a T-shirt!

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am Intro and Expectations

  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am Speaker (Advocacy/Storytelling)

  • 11:00 am-11:15 am Break

  • 11:15 am- 12:15 pm Coalition Leadership Skills

  • 12:15pm- 12:45 pm Lunch

  • 12:45 pm-2:30 pm Design Jam

  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

  • 2:45 pm -3:45 pm PSA Creation

  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break

  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Design Jam/PSA Presentations

  • Advocacy & Story-Telling
  • Coalition Leadership Skills such as:
    • SMART Goal Building
    • Identifying Community Needs
    • Building a Budget
    • Developing a Intervention


  • A electronic device
  • Permission Slips


  • Positive Energy!
  • Readiness to collaborate and learn!

Youth who participate in coalition, Adult coalition leaders, Those interested in joining and/or starting a coalition

A Design Jam is a guided activity where students will identify a problem/need in their community and develop a intervention/project to solve it. At the end of this activity, students will have a usable project to bring back to their local coalitions.

Based on the need/problem identified in the Design Jam, students will create a PSA for their community. The PSA may be up to 60 seconds and will be judged upon creativity, effectiveness, and design.

Our key note is Leonardo Kattari, MSW.

Leo Kattari, MSW (he/they), is an accomplished doctoral candidate at the Michigan State University School of Social Work, as a highly regarded lecturer at the renowned University of Michigan School of Social Work. With an unwavering commitment to promoting LGBTQ+ health and wellness, Leo’s groundbreaking research encompasses a broad range of topics in this field. At Present, Leo’s Research is Specifically centered around transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals, exploring their civic engagement and its potential for effecting transformative community change. By delving into the factors that define and predict TGD-related civic engagement and advocacy. Leo seeks to empower individuals within the community and foster their self-efficacy and political efficacy. Recognizing the negative impacts of our current volatile political climate on health and wellness, Leo’s research aims to harness the power of activism as a counterbalance. With over a decade of practice experience, Leo is a passionate advocate for equity and justice. Their expertise spans various domains, including health education, health policy, community mobilization and organizing, and advocacy through the art of storytelling. Leo’s impactful presentations, training, and consultation services have reached notable institutions across the United States, such as the esteemed Mayo Clinic, state and county health departments, and even the influential U.S. Department of Human Services Office of Adolescent Health. Leo’s work is firmly grounded in the principles of community-driven action and data-informed decision-making. By striving to advance health equity through civic engagement and transformative systems change, Leo embodies the values of inclusivity, social justice, and empowerment. Their dedication lies in equipping individuals and communities with the necessary tools and knowledge to effect lasting and meaningful change towards a more equitable and just society.