McKINNEY (May 4, 2015) — Volunteer McKinney welcomed nearly 200 guests to their Annual Summit on Youth on Thursday, April 30. A common theme among attendees was that they all share a passion for making life better for at-risk teens. Guests learned about the latest trends and best practices from peers and field-experts. The event included breakfast, lunch and networking at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel.

Topics included In Their Shoes: Teen Dating Violence, Overcoming Life’s Challenges: Straight Talk, Discovering Community, Communicating and Connecting with Parents, Finding and Keeping Your Passion and Forging Dynamic Cross-Sector Collaborations.

“This event is something that is at the heart of what we do: Collaborating with other agencies to make life better for McKinney. Providing information on programs and services available to them is something we are so glad to have a hand in,” said Dana Riley, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney.

McKinney Online - Volunteer McKinney Youth Summit.

McKinney Online - Volunteer McKinney Youth Summit.

Teresa Sheffield, Senior Director of the Health and Wellness Alliance for Children, said that she’s grateful for a platform that brings so many caring individuals and service organizations together for the benefit of area-youth. “The pressure these kids feel doesn’t just come from social media and their peers, sadly, it often comes from home. By collaborating with other like-minded people, we can make a difference.”

To help community members, schools, nonprofits, government and churches address ongoing issues of area-youth; Volunteer McKinney publishes the annual McKinney Youth Resource Guide. This publication includes agency contact information for anyone who is trying to make a difference in the lives of our youth.  Please contact us if your agency would like to be added to next year’s guide or to reserve your copy. (Sponsored by McKinney Community Development Corporation and First United Bank).

The event was sponsored by Sheraton Hotel of McKinney, the City of McKinney, Bank of Texas, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Market Street, New Horizons Counseling Center and TomK Photography.

Collaborating agencies were: Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership, City Church, City House, the City of McKinney, Collin College, Collin County City of Hope, Collin County Juvenile Department, Hope's Door, the McKinney, Education Foundation, McKinney Family YMCA, McKinney ISD, Sustainable Ventures and The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children.


About Volunteer McKinney

Since 1998, Volunteer McKinney has connected volunteers to local nonprofit organizations and has provided assistance to organizations. Volunteer McKinney has also served the community through events such as the National "Make a Difference Day" and Community Volunteer Recognition Events. Our mission is to: Connect people to their passion through volunteerism and strengthen McKinney area nonprofits through training and collaboration. For more information, visit