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Rising Above! Youth Explosion Leadership Conference 2022

For the fifth year, an incredible youth leadership conference returns to Clearwater!

The 5th Annual Rising Above! Youth Explosion is scheduled to happen from July 20 – July 22, 2022. This exciting event will provide safe, engaging and fun learning experiences to help participants develop their social and decision-making skills that will guide them through life. All kids from 6th grade – 12 grade are invited to attend.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided on all three days.

Register now for the Rising Above! Youth Explosion Leadership Conference:




Sports Day at The Long Center

July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Student DJ Competition – Two DJs, along with LC3 Entertainment and Emcee – explain rules, play music, give out prizes and breakfast foods available from Publix/Panera/Einsteins/JAMS

This is Sports Day, where all sports, except the main event, will be happening simultaneously. Each event will have a goal and the top person reaching that goal will win prizes.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Opening remarks

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – View and play some events while waiting for the Main Event

From 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Main Event – the USA DUNK Team – aerobatic basketball reigning world champions – are scheduled to appear.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. – Play games

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Pollo Tropical Lunch and Play

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Announce winners and Student DJ Competition. Youth can play until 3 p.m.

Activities and Inflatables include Karate Demo, Soccer Darts, Baseball Pitch – Baycare Fun Team, Putting Contest, 4-Square Battle Zone, Velcro Man, Table Tennis, Free Throw Contest, Juggler/Stilt Walkers/Card Magicians, Basketball Demo – Globetrotter, Bungee Run, Bowling Contest, Field Goal Event.

Guest Appearances include the Threshers Fun Team, Threshers Mascot, Phillies Mascot, Lightning, Bucs Fun Team, Rays Fun Team and Sports Players.


Workshops/Video Game Day at the St. Pete College – Drew Campus

Thursday, July 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Check out workshops and games, including a street game virtual bus, game events, Build-A-Robot, make a lava lamp and more!

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – DJ Competition – DJs, along with LC3 Entertainment and Emcee, explain rules, play music, give out prizes and breakfast foods available from Publix/Panera/Einsteins/JAMS

Youth must attend at least TWO workshops from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to be eligible to board the Mobile Video Van and play.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Dr. Tonjua Williams – First African-American and Female President of SPC

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Dederick Woodard – Create a Rap Workshop – Youth will break into teams to create and perform a RAP about the Eplosion Theme: “Not an Option.” Participants will vote for Top Team. Team that wins gets to go into a studio and tape their rap and they will also win a Pizza Party. The St. Petersburg native, Dederick Woodard, is a parent, husband, mentor, pastor, motivational speaker, master overcomer, author and poet who empowers countless people through a combination of his magnetic personality and gentle demeanor. His goal is to inspire you to get your dreams out of your mind and into your moment.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Understanding Police Interaction: What If It Were You? – Police Chief Daniel Slaughter – The audience will be taken on an actual police stop and make decisions as if they were a Police Officer. You will get an idea of what kind of information an officer has when they arrive on the scene and the actual police protocol that should take place. The idea is to show what is supposed to happen and what to do if it does not happen correctly, so that youth can survive the stop and legally deal with the mishap later. This workshop receives excellent review from youth and adults every time it is presented.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Hot Topics Teen Panel – A panel of youth who have or are now living with issues that are prevalent today has been assembled. Participants can ask them any questions they would like. Topics can range from eating disorders, teen pregnance, suicide, drug abuse, violence.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – The “Ozobot – Race to the Finish!” – Two or three Simultaneous Robotics Workshops where youth will learn code and build a program for a R2D2 robot that they can take home. If you miss this workshop because you want to attend another workshop, you will have the opportunity during free play to play with robots.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Broz Pizza for Lunch, water, Rita’s Iceys, DJs

12 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Mobile Video Vans, Occulus Glasses, Robotics Table, Lava Lamp Making, Step Dancers, Green Screen Machine, Driving Simulator, Drones


Leadership Olympics at the North Greenwood Aquatic Center

July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brain games and bubble mania!

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Open with Student DJ Competition – DJs, along with LC3 Entertainment and Emcee, explain rules, play music, give out prizes and breakfast foods available from Publix/Panera/Einsteins/JAMS. Music will be playing all day, as well as DJ Competition. Today is Leadership Olympics with a series of simple and complex activities to solve. There are prizes for some of the activities for the fastest time.

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Mayor Frank Hibbard

10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. –

(1) Brain Train! – Nationwide Corporate Trainer, Nicholas Davenport, will use his Fitlight Systema and Cones to take youth through various neurological activities that equip the youth with the understanding of how decision making can be impacted positively and negatively. He will exercise the mental skills that help you keep calm under pressure. “Decision making is a skill and like any skill, can be improved.”

(2) Liquid Fire – From America’s Got Talent, Blaise Rhyndes, The Bubble Man performs using gigantic bubbles and lights

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Youth switch sides and repeat (1) and (2) performances

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Wendy’s for Lunch. Vote for Best DJ. (The DJs will play out the rest of the day and win two paying DJ gigs.

12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Participation in all activities

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Closing, Grand Prize Raffle. The youth can continue to play

Activities include The DOME, The Human Knot, The Hurricane House, Isotopes, Zip Zap Zoom, Traffic Jam, Alligator River, Foot Exercise, Board Walk, Art with Chalk, The Unfair Game – Deven Filer, Human Sculpture


Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided on all three days. Don’t miss this fun chance to enhance your leadership skills!

To register for Rising Above! The Youth Explosion Conference, visit

Volunteers are still needed!




Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center

900 North Dr. MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater, FL 33755  



About the Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center

The Mission of the Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center (CNFC) is enriching the lives of children and families in the spirit of community and common goals by being a resource for collaborative partnerships.  The center is dedicated to the belief that families should have the resources, support, and skills necessary to raise children in a healthy and safe neighborhood, which promotes the development of their maximum potential. 

CNFC was created in 2008 as one of the nonprofit organizational leaders of the “Family Neighborhood” movement in the State of Florida. The Family Center is located at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatics Center.  We are a member of a collaborative partnership, which includes The Juvenile Welfare Board, the City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborly Care Network.  Families come to the Center seeking assistance with basic needs, after school care for their children, assistance with food, rent, utilities and a chance to participate in programs such as healthy cooking, parenting classes, well baby classes, safe social media classes, job interviewing workshops and an array of services as needed.


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