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The M Hotel Buffalo
February 28th, 2024 
When families, schools, health care providers, and communities work together, partnership happens.
Now February 28, 2024

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The M Hotel Buffalo

2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Early Bird Registration -  $100

Late Registration (after February 16th)....  $150

For 4 or more attendees please contact
716-800-2120 for a group rate

Join Us!

Family Engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools, health care providers, and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children's learning, development, and overall well-being.​


This 2024 conference supports those who want to develop and strengthen community partnerships. Participants will hear about best practices and high-impact engagement that they can use in their day to day work. Through discussion and work sessions, attendees will learn and share important information about family and community engagement. This conference offers a unique opportunity to build strong collaborations and take valuable information back to their schools and agencies.

It is our goal that you will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to better prepare yourself to work with families.



8:00a-8:30a - Registration

8:30a-8:45a - Welcome

8:45a-10:15a - Morning Keynote

10:15a-10:30a - Morning Break

10:30a-11:30a - Workshop with Keynote

11:30a-12:30p Lunch

12:30p-1:20p - First Breakout Sessions

1:20p-1:30p - Afternoon Break

1:30p-2:20p - Second Breakout Sessions

2:30p-3:30p - Afternoon Speaker


Breakout Session Tracts:

Mental Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)



Keynote Speaker

For more than 25 years, Hasan has held to the belief that each child can and will succeed as long as adults in their world create hope. Starting as a counselor and a teaching artist, and through his years as a youth development specialist, Hasan has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school and facility staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of children graduate from high school and go on to earn degrees from colleges and universities.


In addition to his work at schools, Hasan has been Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Vice Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and an organizational consultant. With this experience, he has transformed organizations and public systems to ensure they have the capacity to not only meet the needs of the children and families they serve, but also are transparent and set metrics and methods of accountability.

He brings to the process a powerful combination of passion, caring, and leadership to craft a refreshing, common-sense roadmap to help all youth achieve their dreams, no matter the odds.

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Hasan Davis

Afternoon Speaker

Antoine Johnson
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Antoine is currently the Program Manager for the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. His past experiences and expertise has involved helping community members (e.g. low-income and vulnerable individuals) achieve equitable opportunities in affordable housing, support services and mental health.


His professional roles have involved providing community-based support services to underserved and marginalized communities (e.g. communities of color and low socioeconomic status). For over three years, Antoine provided Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) Services to individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and mental health diagnoses, including autism, in community-based residential settings. This experience provided Antoine the opportunity to help improve the quality of life and overall well-being of youth and young adults with DD. In addition, Antoine helped to improve low-income communities by providing service-enriched affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families who were considered to be homeless or living inhabitable housing situations. Antoine managed the Buffalo Rapid Rehousing Program. He assisted families experiencing homelessness and who needed temporary assistance in order to obtain and retain housing by providing short-term rental assistance and case management services. 


He is currently a Fatherhood Practitioner whose work involves providing interventions and services to low-income fathers and families in communities throughout Western New York. The focus of his work is to help close the gap in disparity of services available to men and fathers and reduce the number of father absenteeism homes for the one in four children who grow up without a father. His experience and expertise has prepared him to undertake action-oriented, policy-relevant, and community-engaged activities in order to drive improvements in the health of communities he serves.





Title Sponsor - $10,000 - One Opportunity

Family Engagement Sponsor - $5,000 - Two Opportunities

Lunch Sponsor - $2,500 - Four Opportunities

Breakout Sponsor - $1,500 - Six Opportunities

Conference Partner - $500.00

Vendor Table - $150.00

Program Advertising Opportunities  -  Full Page Ad $300; Half Page Ad $150

Are you interested in being a sponsor? 



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Who We Are

Who We Are

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The CMC is a collaborative network which provides a wide range of human services to individuals and families, while improving organizations and systems. 

1021 Broadway St. Buffalo, NY 14212




Our mission is to promote mental health and wellness in our community and support individuals and families challenged by mental illness.


Supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

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Helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults.



Our mission is to provide high-quality individualized, comprehensive, and innovative services, which support, educate, and empower individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and people who are in need of our support to achieve independent and productive lives.

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