Beyond ACEs The Impact of Race, Culture & Poverty -  August 8-9, 2019 - Petersburg High School - Petersburg, Virginia
 Beyond ACEs The Impact of Race, Culture & Poverty -  August 8-9, 2019 - Petersburg High School - Petersburg, Virginia



The Summit Marketplace

Welcome to the Marketplace! This year’s Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Building Community Resilience Summit is a regional conference designed to inform, engage and move the community towards healing and resilience. In 2017, the Beyond ACES summit was host to over 300 participants! This year, Petersburg High School is our host site. Activities begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue through 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 and Friday August 9.

We want to round out the delegates’ experience by showcasing pertinent information and unique self-care and communal items that help further the message of the event. We also welcome vendors for tastings too, but we must clear that activity through the Virginia Department of Health’s process. Vendors classified as for profit and interested in selling their items must pay a $20 fee and provide information on the name of the company and the merchandise to be presented for sale. Vendors who are affiliated with nonprofit organizations providing information to the community are welcome to participate at no charge. Conference planners will provide one table and two chairs. If additional chairs are needed please be sure to inform the planning team to assess if the additional items will be available.

The vendor deadline for reserving a table and two chairs at this event is Monday, August 5, 2019. The Conference Planners reserve the right to decline a vendor request if multiple requests to present the same information or to sell the same type of items are received. Request for space is first come, first serve. Items deemed inappropriate by the planning team will not be accepted. We encourage all vendors to act efficiently in securing a space. Please contact Kelly Evans at to reserve your table.

  • Marketplace hours, Friday, August 9 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Vendors may begin to arrive at 11:00 a.m. and need to be completely set up and ready no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • Please be advised that vendors will be transitioning to Hope Fest (outside) at 4:00 p.m.
  • Vendors who want to provide tastings will be part of Hope Fest once approved through the Virginia Department of Health.

Download a registration form: BeyondAcesMarketplace2019.docx

Cashier's checks, or money orders only please. Make payments payable to United Way.

HOPE FEST begins at 5 p.m. on August 9 - Free admission

The Summit ends Friday evening with HOPE FEST, which is free and open to the public. The planning committee is viewing this portion of the Summit as an extension to Friday For The Arts. It promises to boast community engagement as the Petersburg Wellness Consortium (PWC) serves a community meal for attendees. Dr. Ram Baghat will lead a healing drum circle. Resident musical artist DeVante Raines will lead a mass-choral response commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of captured Africans to America. Resident dance/movement artist, Kevin Lamar Jones, will showcase youth and community in cultural dance. Storyteller, author and resident theater/crafts artist Danita Rountree Green will highlight youth works in theater. HOPE FEST will highlight field day activities, live performances, a faith community bake-off and community dialogue facilitated by Coming To The Table.

Calling all teen groups!

Photo of speaker Do you remember field day? This day is a special opportunity for seventy-five youth and their chaperones/counselors to build community resilience with nationally renowned motivational speaker Javier Sanchez. How does this work? As part of the Beyond ACEs Summit, we have added a Youth Day filled with community building activities in a field day format.

Who: Youth ages 12 – 19.
What: Youth Day at the Beyond ACEs Summit
Cost: It is free!
Where: Petersburg High School, Petersburg, Virginia
When: Friday, August 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration Deadline: August 5

We will provide lunch and beverages to all accepted teen groups who wish to participate. Read below for more information and note that we can only accept groups of teens (three, or more) with a chaperone. We will give out free products and each teen will get a t-shirt. We have a short window for this opportunity, so register your group by August 5 to get in on this deal.

Program description:
There are two things about life that are almost guaranteed; 1) It can change in a moment and when it does, 2) we often do not even see it coming. The challenge isn't always the change, but rather how we respond to change that matters most. It’s important that young people are equipped with the tools, skills, information, and inspiration to successfully navigate this chapter in their life’s journey! Along their journey, they will have a range of experiences, both good and bad, and it's our job to make sure they are equipped to deal with them in healthy, positive and productive ways. In order to successfully weather the sometimes-unexpected “storms” of life, you must have a plan. This high energy / high impact event will give each young person an opportunity to connect with a community of care, learn how to positively cope with trauma and begin to thrive, and figure out how to start living above their circumstances from this moment on!

Registration form: youthdayapplication.pdf

See the Program page for a detailed schedule.

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