Our Education Events
Careers Expo for Youth
As one component of the United Way of Southwest Virginia Ignite Program, the Careers Expo for Youth is an annual event held at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Over 4,000 7th grade students from Southwest Virginia participate throughout the course of two days.
Students move through four zones filled with hands-on activities by regional employers in 16 different career paths. At this annual event, seventh grade students see first-hand what it’s like to participate in a chemistry experiment, climb a utility pole, practice CPR, or use a 3D printer – directly from industry professionals located in Southwest Virginia.
Tender Loving Caregivers Conference
The United Way of Southwest Virginia Tender Loving Caregivers (TLC) Conference is held each year in Southwest Virginia for early childhood professionals. Conference attendees are able to make connections with hundreds of early childhood professionals, gain insights on early learning, and re-ignite their passion for early childhood development. For more information, visit tlcconference.com.
Early Childhood Summit
The Early Childhood Summit is held each year in Southwest Virginia for early childhood professionals. Attendees are able to recharge and gain fresh ideas before returning to their classrooms to provide the best quality of care and education to children birth to five. For more information, visit smartbeginningsswva.org/2018ecs.
Professional Development Workshops
Our professional development opportunities are currently offered to our Virginia Quality program participants in Southwest Virginia and programs receiving on-site services from VA Infant & Toddler Specialist Network. For more information, visit unitedwayswva.org/pd.