Reflecting back on the 2014 National RHY Grantees Conference

Often times we have a moment that we find ourselves reflecting upon the furthest and most recent moments of our lives.  These moments can make us smile, laugh, cry… but most of all, they can remind us of our gratitude towards someone. Each year, we (the NSPN/RHYTTAC staff) have such a blast planning and hosting the National RHY Grantees conference for you.  As the time grows closer, we become very eager to see the hard work come to fruition.  The thing we are most excited for however, is seeing and connecting with each of you.  We see you arrive to the conference, excited to be in a new place, excited to see old friends and meet new colleagues, and exited to learn!  During the first day we see it… the SPARK. It’s a contagious spark that spreads like wildfire through each and every one of you. This SPARK is INSPIRATION.  During the end of the conference, yes, you are tired from all the great activities and intriguing training workshops, but during the end of the conference you can’t help but to see, hear, and FEEL the inspiration that flows through you.  What you take back to your fellow staff, organization, and community is something that can change lives. Yes, our friends – what we look forward to the most is you and your inspiration to make a difference in the RHY world!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the difference you make in so many lives.  

If you missed the conference or would like a reminder of how much fun we had… here are a few videos created during the conference, including our Video Blog from the night of the RHYA Anniversary Celebration! 

Opening Session:
Native American Welcome Ceremony – Phoenix Oyate Singers http://youtu.be/1t6LIrywMRg  
Native American Welcome Ceremony – Dance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShH8cLcnX1g 

40th RHYA Anniversary Celebration:
Video Blog:  http://youtu.be/P2UdILm2Ncs
Thank You Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPwuhT-gYU4

Want to see more from the conference?  Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rhyttac where we posted live!  Posts include photos, videos, and quotes from the keynote sessions.  In the mean time, we’re getting preparing for the 2015 National RHY Grantees Conference where we hope to see you inspired even more!

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