On Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Bowie State University, Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas, Prince George’s Health Department – Step Forward Program, and Bowie State University Graduate Student Association we will host The G.O.A.T. Expo 2024, our 3rd annual mental health expo for young people, their caregivers and providers, to learn effective ways of managing their mental health & wellness through supports in Prince George’s County, MD. #thegoatexpo

On Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Bowie State University, Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas, Prince George’s Health Department – Step Forward Program, and Bowie State University Graduate Student Association we will host The G.O.A.T. Expo 2024, our 3rd annual mental health expo for young people, their caregivers and providers, to learn effective ways of managing their mental health & wellness through supports in Prince George’s County, MD. #thegoatexpo


  • Work Sessions
  • Wellness Experiences
  • Exhibitors
  • Live Entertainment
  • Interactive Activities
  • Open Mic
  • Dancing
  • & More


Saturday, May 18, 2024
8:30 AM
Bowie State University
Student Center & Natural Science Building
14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715


Registration is FREE, but required. Register online in advance or on-site.


Parking available at the Student Center

Thanks to Volunteers of America and our partners, this expo will be epic!

2024 speakers & entertainment

Dr. Chanda Reynolds

Dr. Chanda Reynolds

Minds of The Culture, Inc, Clinical Psychologist

Leon Thurston

Leon Thurston

Universityofunstuck.com, Leadership Development Specialist

Dr. Rochelle Thompson

Dr. Rochelle Thompson

RMThompson & Co., CEO

Pastor "Steph" Lindsay

Pastor "Steph" Lindsay

Zion Church

Dem Raider Boyz

Dem Raider Boyz

Male Step Squad, Roosevelt Senior High School

Chyler Smith

Chyler Smith

Young Spotlight Over the City Co-Host & Duval High School Graduate

Legacy Severe

Legacy Severe

Spoken Word Poet

Dr. Radhia Afif

Dr. Radhia Afif

The Behavioral Wealth Project LLC, Licensed Behavior Specialist

Marsha Evans, LPC

Marsha Evans, LPC

Willow Tree Counseling and Educational Center, Mental Health Therapist/Parent Coach

Travis Harmon

Travis Harmon

Mental Peace Performance, Operations Manager

Sheryl A. Neverson, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LICSW

Sheryl A. Neverson, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LICSW

Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas, Senior Vice President

Dr. Mark A. Harrison, LCSW

Dr. Mark A. Harrison, LCSW

Three Hundred and Sixty Five. LLC, Owner/CEO

Natasha Paris St.Amand

Natasha Paris St.Amand

Natasha Paris Enterprises, CEO/Founder

Dr. Masica Jordan-Alston

Dr. Masica Jordan-Alston

Jordan Peer Recovery

Chris Bolden

Chris Bolden

Ice Ent Apparel, Founder

Tiffiney Hall

Tiffiney Hall

PosiTiff (Pronounced Positive), Founder & CEO

Warren Leggett, Jr. Ph.D., MS, MAC

Warren Leggett, Jr. Ph.D., MS, MAC

Bowie State University

Dr. Simone Blanchard

Dr. Simone Blanchard

Innerlight Network Mental Health Charities, CEO

Sabrina Wiggins

Sabrina Wiggins

Little Aiden Press, CEO/Founder



SAMHSA, Branch Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch



Owner, Jamz Fit

Mark Sturdivant

Mark Sturdivant

STURDI LLC (Succes Takes Ultimate REsilience Determination Inspiration), Owner/Educator

Jonathan Romero

Jonathan Romero

Immaculate Cuts and Counselling, Founder/Barber & Graduate Student

Athena Powell

Athena Powell

Abundant Dance & Artistry Studios, Owner & Artistic Director

2024 agenda

8:30 am

registration / check-in – STUDENT CENTER main entrance

LIVE BROADCAST W/ “Young” SPOTLIGHT OVER THE CITY featuring duval high school Graduate, chyler smith

Opening Prayer: Min. madeline “Mad” Long

Breath work demo: the STAND Foundation

OPENING SESSION – Student center lobby, stage

  • Sheryl A. Neverson, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LICSW, Senior Vice President, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas
  • Dr. Matthew D. Levy, MD, MPH, F.A.A.P, Health Officer, Prince George’s County Health Department
  • Ephonia Green, President, Graduate Student Association, Bowie State University
  • Councilwoman Ingrid Watson, Prince George’s County Council
  • Top Sponsor Luminis Health 

PERFORMANCE: DEM RAIDER BOYZ – Student Center Ballroom

All-Male Step Squad


*NEW* Resource Cafe
Natural Sciences building atrium
9 am to 3 pm

Access “Ready to Offer” Services to support your needs.

Prince George’s County Department of Human services (DHS)

DSS’s Maryland Health Connection and Family Investment teams will be on-site to provide opportunities to sign-up for the following services:
  • Medicaid Insurance
  • OHEP- Electric 
  • SNAP
  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCAP)

narcan training

Prince George’s County Health Department

FREE Overdose Response (Naloxone) Training and Naloxone Kit, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives. 

SAVE A LIFE: Get Naloxone Training

    hiv testing

    Prince George’s County Health Department

    The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Knowing your status gives you powerful information to keep you and your partner healthy.

    DID YOU KNOW: Prince George’s County has the highest % of total HIV Diagnoses Among People Aged 13+? Of the 24 Counties in the state of Maryland, Prince George’s County represents 30% – that’s nearly 1/3 of all of Maryland ages 13 and up.

    Employ Prince George’s Mobile Unit

    EmployPG’s American Job Center (AJC) Mobile Unit is hitting the road to deliver on-site employment search and career services to The G.O.A.T. Expo attendees. This innovative community outreach mobile unit is equipped with the latest technology, including Wi-Fi, multiple computers with Internet access, and a full-time staff member, making it a self-contained employment resource that can connect people to jobs, aiding with job searches, resumes, interviewing, and offer information about training/education opportunities.

    988/samhsa Listen & Learn – Classroom 7
    10am to 11:30am

    Share insight, feedback, and suggestions regarding 988 and behavioral health issues, gaps, and needs to improve our work and reach.

    WHO AM I, connecting to my purpose – Classroom 7
    12Pm to 3Pm

    Participants will complete a poem that ties into where they are from,  and different aspects of their upbringing compiled into one singular poem. It ties into their origins, creating who they are today. This activity is followed by a second activity called “I will survive” in which each person is asked to appraise their coping skills and support systems to deal with life’s setbacks and difficulties. Lastly, each participant will then be notified that there are VOA Hope Center staff on site and available if they are interested in continuing their journey towards overall mental and emotional well-being and health.

    Interactive wellness experiences
    9 am to 3 pm

    Acupuncture Experience – Natural Sciences building

    Experience the NADA Protocol Ear Acupuncture and the application of seeds/beads. Known to relieve issues associated with addiction, such as the opioid epidemic, mental health, trauma, PTSD, and chronic stress.

    National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

    Equine therapy – Outdoor Yard

    Exercises with horses and observation of their behavior provide the basis for reflection and discussion. These activities and discussions improves confidence, self-assurance, verbal and non-verbal communication, focus, mindfulness, and coping strategies.

    The STAND Foundation

    Game Area – Student Center Lobby

    Youth Action Board (YAB)

    sound bowl experience – Natural Sciences building

    Known to promote deep relaxation and reduces stress. The healing vibrations produced by sound bowls can help to balance the body’s energy and invoke a sense of calm.

    The STAND Foundation

    Breathwork experience – Natural Sciences building

    Experience breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. These techniques promote healing and relaxation. When we direct our breathing in a conscious way, we can affect our body’s ability to manage feelings, emotions and physical response to different situations.

    The STAND Foundation

    Writing workshop – Natural Sciences building

    Join our ‘The Therapeutic Power of Writing’ workshop to discover how self-publishing can transform your personal experiences into a powerful tool for healing and connection. Learn to express, organize, and share your thoughts in a supportive environment, culminating in the creation of a book that can inspire and comfort others facing similar challenges.

    Little Aiden Press

    Kangoo bounce – Student center Lobby/ballroom @ 1:30pm

    ”It’s a MOVEment, EveryBODY THRIVES”
    Kangoo Bounce demos combines an amazing upbeat blend of “Go-Go” percussion music and Hip-Hop sounds as everyone bounces to the beat of their own drum – Let’s Work!

    Jamz Fit

    Posterpalooza Art Therapy – Student Center, Baltimore/Columbia Room @ 1:45pm

    Attendees will engage in a creative and informative poster-making session focused on stopping youth/gun violence and promoting love and positivity. Through this activity, participants will design and create engaging posters aimed at raising awareness and inspiring positive change in their communities. This session not only provides a creative outlet but also empowers students to address important social issues through art.

    Prince George’s County Public School

    morning SESSIONs I
    10 am to 10:45 Am

    Black Girl Anxiety – Student center, ballROOM

    In this workshop, Dr. Chanda Reynolds explores the unique experiences of anxiety in Black girls, addressing the intersections of race, gender, and mental health. Drawing on her expertise as a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with Black youth, Dr. Reynolds provides insight into the factors contributing to anxiety in Black girls and offers practical strategies for supporting their mental health and well-being.

    1. Gain insight into the specific challenges and stressors that contribute to anxiety in Black girls, including societal pressures, racial discrimination, and cultural expectations.

    2. Learn evidence-based techniques and interventions for recognizing the signs of anxiety in Black girls and fostering resilience and coping skills.

    3. Explore culturally responsive approaches to supporting the mental health and well-being of Black girls, empowering attendees to create inclusive and affirming spaces for them to thrive.


    Finding the Confident You while Healing from Trauma – Student center, Baltimore/columbia ROOM

    Identify the root causes of Trauma and its impact on your healing and living one’s authentic self. Learn how to develop strategies to challenge negative self-talk and cultivate self-belief. Identify the power that lives within you in order to step into your authentic self and future achievements.

    1) Develop an understanding of what is Trauma;

    2) What strategies are available to heal from trauma;

    3) How to find your authentic self in order to live an Amazing life/purpose.


      Suicide and Depression – Natural sciences building, Beacon Room

      This presentation aims to address the pressing issues of suicide and depression within the youth demographic, spanning from kindergarten through college-aged students. It will comprehensively analyze the latest national research along with specific data from Maryland, highlighting the trends, risk factors, and impacts of mental health challenges on both K-12 and college students. The presentation will particularly focus on culturally responsive methods that young individuals can implement on their own to effectively manage and navigate their emotional health. Additionally, it includes a crucial segment on coping with grief and loss, providing practical strategies for young people to process and deal with these profound experiences. This session is designed to equip participants with knowledge and tools to better understand and support youth mental health in educational and community settings.



      Recognizing the Call for Help: Signs Your Child May Need Mental Health Support – Natural sciences building, ClassRoom 5

      This session explores essential signs indicating a child might need support, covering behavioral, mood, physical, and academic indicators. Learn how to distinguish serious concerns from typical challenges, foster an open home environment, and decide when to seek professional help. Equip yourself with the tools to proactively support your child’s well-being.


      • Marsha Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor, Willow Tree Counseling and Educational Center


      Human To Human: Parenting With Purpose – Natural sciences building, ClassRoom 6

      Parenting is one of those things that doesn’t come with a handbook. We take what we know from parents/guardians, friends, google, and even TV personalities to create a parenting strategy or persona. Often, we continue cycles of parenting that may need some reconsideration in 2024. 

      In this session, you will learn valuable insights and techniques to strengthen current parenting strategies/practices and to build a healthy parent-child relationship. Dr. Afif will share her expertise on how to foster open communication, set boundaries, and create a safe and supportive environment for your family. You’ll come away with practical strategies to help you build a stronger and more fulfilling relationship with your children, no matter their age. Human to Human: Parenting with Purpose is all about getting clear on your parenting goals, evaluating current strategies, learning new strategies, and gaining confidence to raise the next generation of leaders. 


      • Dr. Radhia Afif, Licensed Behavior Specialist; The Behavioral Wealth Project LLC


      10:45 am to 11 Am

      DEM RAIDER BOYZ – Student Center Ballroom

      All-Male Step Squad


      ABUNDANT DANCE STUDIOS ALL HAIL THE CREATIVES – Natural Sciences Building Atrium

      Modern Dance Group


      morning SESSIONs II

      11 am to 11:45 Am

      I Said What I Said – Natural sciences building, Beacon Room

      Most of us are familiar with the saying, “Think before you speak.” Let’s be honest though, that’s easier said than done. Can you imagine a world where the majority passionately pursued understanding how to master effective communication & conflict resolution? For over a decade Pastor Steph has coached the rising generation to more effectively communicate to themselves, to others, & how to heal broken connections that deserve restoration. If you bring the will power we promise that you will leave with greater skill power to thrive & experience true peace.


      Boom box Moments – Student Center, Ballroom

      Many mistakes arise when young adults aren’t given the opportunity to explore the true influence of auditory learning. The Boom Box Moment session is our chance to finally get it right. This dynamic workshop is the fuel that will ignite attendees to develop a will to rehears a healthier way of consuming today’s music.

      Areas of growth:

      • Study the practices of healthy routines used to decode useful messages in any genre of music.
      • Discover an in-depth understanding of the help vs. hinder factor as it relates to musical consumption.
      • Examine the habits to help prevent the biggest negative influences in today’s music.
      • Identify the art of processing vs. listening, gaining actionable steps towards creating a healthy mental state.


      • Leon Thurston, Leadership Development Specialist, The University of Unstuck

      no Cap series “Wild n’ out” style – Student Center, Baltimore/columbia room

      Participants will be divided into small groups and engage in a “Wild N’ Out Style” activity. Each group will receive a scenario dealing with a common mental health issue among Black youth. Through role-play or storytelling, groups will discuss and present their approach to managing these scenarios. This interactive activity is both educational and fun, reinforcing learning through play.



      You Are Not Your Mama’s Trauma (or Your Daddy’s drama): Breaking the Cycle of Generational Intimate Partner Domestic Violence – Natural sciences building, ClassRoom 5

      Recognizing the pivotal and profound impact mothers have on their children’s overall health, wellness, and well-being, we will explore strategies to break free from the chains of intergenerational trauma and create a healthier, safer environment for future generations. 

      Through personal reflection, interactive discussion and journaling exercises, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics at play within families affected by intimate partner violence. We’ll provide practical tools and resources that promote healing from their own trauma while safeguarding their children from similar experiences.

      By fostering a supportive community and fostering resilience, “You Are Not Your Mama’s Trauma” offers a beacon of hope for individuals seeking to break free from the patterns of generational trauma caused by intimate partner domestic violence and create a brighter, more compassionate future for themselves and their loved ones. Join us in taking the first step towards breaking the cycle and reclaiming your power to shape a healthier tomorrow.


      • Tiffiney L. Hall, Founder & President, PosiTiff (pronounced like positive)


      Self-Affirmation: Nurturing Mental Health and Well-Being – Natural sciences building, ClassRoom 6

      Join this enlightening session on “Self-Affirmation: Nurturing Mental Health and Well-Being,” where we will explore the profound connection between self-affirmation and mental well-being. Discover the power of shifting from negative to positive beliefs, harnessing the impact of positive self-talk, and cultivating resilience and self-compassion. Learn practical techniques for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression through self-affirmation, and explore various self-care practices to promote a healthier and happier life. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower yourself and enhance your mental health!


      • Mark Sturdivant, STURDI, Success Takes Ultimate Resilience Determination Inspiration 

      lunch & giveaways
      11:45am to 1:45pm

      lunch – Student Center, 2nd floor cafeteria

      PERFORMANCE: dj akademiks, wpgc – Student Center LOBBY

      PERFORMANCE: A Latin Cultural Musical Experience with DJ EZ & Rey Parker, WLZL

      – Natural science Building Atrium

      Research Poster presentations – Natural science Building Atrium

      Meet and greet BSU Student Researchers on mental health and education.

      Mid-day panel with poet, wpgc

      12 Pm to 12:45 Pm

      Mental Health Pictionary: Understanding 988 and Mental Health Resources – Student Center, BallROOM

      Join us for an interactive and informative panel discussion on youth mental health, the 988 hotline, and available mental health resources. In this unique session, we’ll be playing a Pictionary-style game while discussing various mental health terms, coping mechanisms, and resources.


        • Poet, WPGC – MODERATOR
        • Brandon Johnson, 988/SAMHSA
        • Dr. Rochelle Thompson, CEO, RMThompson & Co.
        • Travis Harmon, Coach & Founder, Mental Peace Performance

        • PGCPS Clinician

        afternoon SESSIONs

        1 Pm to 1:45 Pm

        Managing The Pressure of Success – Student Center, BallROOM

        Join me for an empowering breakout session where we’ll dive into the challenging journey of handling the pressure of success. Together we will explore the highs and lows of embracing challenges with resilience, we’ll uncover strategies to thrive amidst the whirlwind of young adulthood. Get ready to unlock your potential, conquer doubts, and redefine success on your terms!


          • Travis Harmon, Mental Peace Performance, MS, Psychology

          Guns, Youth Violence & Prevention; Where do we go from here? – Student Center, Baltimore/columbia ROOM

          Speak freely! Explore your thoughts and feelings about guns and youth violence; and discuss ideas of what can be done to decrease violence among youth. What are some of the major contributing factors (poverty, drugs, law enforcement, politicians) surrounding youth violence and what type of preventive methods can be initiated to curtail this situation?


            • Dr. Warren Leggett, Adjunct Professor, Bowie State University
            • Guest Speaker Chris Bolden, Founder, “Spread the Love” Apparel

            Building connections at the barbershop – Natural Sciences Building, Beacon Room

            A Candid Discussion Among Men of Color

            Join us for an important discussion on destigmatizing mental health in the Black and Brown communities, as we recognize the pivotal role of barbershops as safe spaces for men of color. Traditionally, therapy has been seen as taboo within these communities, but barbershops have emerged as vital hubs for socializing, seeking support, and fostering open dialogue. In this session, we will explore how barbershops have evolved into more than just places for haircuts, becoming sanctuaries where the stigma surrounding mental health can be dismantled. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation and contribute to building a culture of mental health awareness and support in our communities.


              • Dr. Mark A. Harrison, LCSW, CEO, Three Hundred Sixty Five, LLC.
              • Jonathan Romero, BSU Graduate Student and Founder/Barber, Immaculate Cuts and Counseling

              PARENT SESSION

              Panel Discussion: It’s Complicated! Closing the Gap on the Myths of Our Youth – Natural sciences building, ClassRoom 5

              Most Gen-Z’s have experienced complex trauma due to the Coronavirus pandemic, exposure to global injustices, and economic hardship. According to the CDC (2021), 42 percent of Gen-Z’s reported persistent sadness or hopelessness. In addition, 29 percent of Gen-Z’s reported poor mental health, while 22 percent reported considering suicide. The combination of prolonged stress can increase the trauma response (fight or flight) and place people on “high alert.” Learn about the importance of addressing the trauma in the Gen-Z population and effective ways to help youth heal. Learn how the Inner Light Network Transformative Model (INT) can be a change agent for helping our youth resolve ambivalence to change, reduce at-risk behaviors, and promote healthy mental health habits of the mind. Learn about the long-term recovery of INT and the expected outcomes, including increased goal completion rates.


              • Dr. Simone Blanchard, CEO, Innerlight Network Mental Health Charities – MODERATOR
              • Dr. Rhadia Afif, Licensed Behavior Specialist; The Behavioral Wealth Project LLC
              • Tiffiney L. Hall, Founder & President, PosiTiff (pronounced like positive)
              • Marsha Evans, Licensed Professional Counselor, Willow Tree Counseling and Educational Center
              • Mark Sturdivant, STURDI, Success Takes Ultimate Resilience Determination Inspiration 
              • Athena Powell, STEAM Ambassador & Founder, Full STEAM Ahead

              afternoon performances & group activities

              1:45 Pm to 3 Pm


              Get ready for a vibrant celebration of creativity and advocacy! Join us as we come together to raise our voices against gun and youth violence while spreading the message of love and unity. In this exciting event, participants will design art posters with powerful messages aimed at stopping violence and promoting love and compassion in our communities. Let your creativity run wild as we unite to raise awareness and inspire change. Together, we can spark conversations, ignite empathy, and cultivate a culture of compassion. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard through art and contribute to building a safer, more loving world for all!


              • PGCPS Art Therapist

              Kangoo Bounce PERFORMANCE & Demos – Student center, Ballroom

              “It’s a MOVEment where everyBODY Thrives” Kangoo Bounce presented by JamzFit, as featured on Fox5, CBS, ABC, YELLE for the Cult ATL, S.O.N.G

              Get ready to bounce into fitness with Kangoo Bounce! Join us for an exhilarating performance and demo session where you can experience the total body workout sensation that’s taking the world by storm. Kangoo Bounce combines fun and fitness like never before, with music routines that will keep you energized and motivated. It’s like trampolines on your shoes! Come try it out for yourself and discover the joy of bouncing your way to a healthier, happier you!


              • Jamie, Jamz Fit

              Dance Therapy PERFORMANCE & Demos – Natural Sciences Building Atrium


              • Abundant Dance & Artistry Studios

              Music is Mental concert – Student center, Theater


              • Legacy Severe, Spoken Word Artist

              • Planet Abstract, Versatile Music Artist & Guitarist
              • Kenny Dreams // Roaring20s Music Artist
              • Iz LaMarr // Roaring 20s Music Artist

              giveaways / open mic / dance competition WITH spotlight over the city & DJ AKADEMIKS, WPGC – Student Center Lobby

              3:30 pm

              event concludes

              WHY IS THIS expo so IMPORTANT?

              Test your knowledge.

              TRUE OR FALSE
              50% of chronic mental illness start before 14 years of age

              What are the most common mental illnesses among young people?


              What is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24

              TRUE OR FALSE

              Nearly 1 in 3 teens ages 13-18 has an anxiety disorder

              multiple choice

              Mental illness is rising faster among:
              A) 12 to 19 year olds
              B) 18 to 24 year olds
              C) 25 to 32 year olds


              What is required to improve youth mental health?

              become a partner

              Volunteers. Exhibitors. Sponsors.

              Your support is greatly appreciated!





              2024 sponsors & exhibitors

              platinum sponsors

              Youth Mental Health Champion sponsor

              food & beverage sponsor

              entertainment sponsor

              marketing sponsor

              wellness sponsors

              Council Member Jolene Ivey, Prince George’s County Council of Maryland, District 5


              Maryland Families & Youth Interventions for Substance Use

              in-kind sponsors


              In partnership with Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas, Prince George’s County Health Department, Bowie State University Graduate Student Association, and Step Forward, on Saturday, May 18, 2024, we will be hosting  The G.O.A.T. Expo 2024, our 3rd annual mental health expo for young people, their caregivers and providers, to learn effective ways of managing their mental health & wellness through supports in Prince George’s County, MD. 

              This one-day event will include a plenary session, workshops, and exhibitors from health, mental health, and behavioral health agencies primarily geared to caregivers. 

              The second half of the day will include interactive activities to engage youth and young adults; including live entertainment, open mic, dance contests, and more. 

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