On Saturday, April 29, 2023 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 hosted The G.O.A.T. Expo 2023, our 2nd 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

Saturday, April 29, 2023
8:30 AM
Bowie State University
Student Center
14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

See The G.O.A.T. Expo 2023 Speakers & Entertainers, Agenda and Sponsors below.

Video Message from County Exec, Angela D. Alsobrooks

2023 agenda

8:30 am

registration / check-in – STUDENT CENTER main entrance

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

OPENING SESSION – Student center lobby, stage 1

  • Dr. Aminta Breaux, Bowie State University President
  • Dr. Sanmi Areola, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO), Prince George’s County Health Department
  • Candace Vanderwater, Executive Vice President & COO, Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolina
  • Micheal L. McGee, President, Graduate Student Association, Bowie State University


wellness experiences & training
9 am to 3:30 pm

Acupuncture Experience 3rd floor, susquehanna room

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

Mindfulness Experience 3rd floor, Chesapeake room

Erica Moltz, Clinical Trainer, FamilyWorks Together

narcan training – rear lobby

Prince George’s County Health Department

Game Area – outdoor patio

Youth Action Board (YAB)

hiv testing – outdoor patio

Daydream Sunshine Initiative

morning SESSIONs I
10 am to 10:45 Am

Using Mindfulness As A Tool For Catching Your Positive VibesballROOM

How mindfulness support personal well-being by addressing the needs of youth 16-24? What does an effective mindfulness routine look like when you’re suffering from emotional exhaustion and lack of motivation?

Over the last year, Cliff Crosby, Super Bowl Champion & Entrepreneur, has been providing daily affirmations and positive messaging to youth, young adults and caregivers, with the goal to help motivate and inspire change by way of self-reflection.

Participants will engage with the presenter in a fruitful discussion about how discipline from sports, establishing a daily routine, and maintaining a healthy diet can relieve stress, foster inner peace, provide a calm and empathetic space for self-care. Which will in turn reduce the risk of substance abuse and overdose amongst youth & young adults alike.


Guns, Youth Violence & Prevention; Where do we go from here? – 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?


    morning SESSIONs II

    11 am to 11:45 Am

    Redefining Mental Health Through Expressive Arts – Ballroom

    Come discover the artist in you! No experience required, only an appreciation for the creative process. Poetry, drawing, coloring etc. is a deeply therapeutic art form that is effective for managing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations and other conditions. Fostering healing, self-awareness, and personal growth to better understand the human experience and world. Serving as a platform for transitional aged youth, caregivers, and the community to venture on a journey of self-reflection to create your own art piece to share with others. The overall experience symbolizes how a community can impact one another on a positive level, while destigmatizing mental illness and in turn create social change.


    • Chardelle Moore, award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, television personality, motivational speaker, poet, and founder of the multimedia communications company Motivational Moore

    • Corrona Boston, LPC, ATR, Psychotherapist, visual artist, owner of ArtVersity and co-author of Your Secret Is Not Safe With Me, an educational tool for promoting body safety for children.  

    Supporting Youth in These Turbulent Times – Baltimore/columbia ROOM

    This interactive workshop will provide parents with resources and tools for navigating the turbulent times in which we live and will address issues of mental health, preventing drug and substance use, and family strengthening resources.


    • Rosemary Pezzuto, MA, MSW, ACSW, CEO, Camp Fire Patuxent
    • Patricia B Ramseur, Prevention Coordinator, Behavioral Health Services Division, Prince Georges County Health Department

    • Jackie Orelleana, Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, Prince George’s County

    lunch & giveaways
    11:45am – 12:45pm

    lunch – 2nd floor cafeteria


    PERFORMANCE: dj akademiks, wpgc – ballroom


    afternoon SESSIONs

    1 Pm to 2 Pm

    Me and My Mirror  – ballROOM

    Let’s be honest, who others may see when they see us is not always who we see when we look at ourselves. We see more than just our reflection in the mirror, we see the person on the inside of us who cries out for hope and healing. Pastor Steph has had the privilege of helping youth and NBA players discover their true identity for almost a decade. In this session we will confront the reality of how our past, people and pressures of life have shaped us, while learning the secrets to becoming the best version of ourselves in order to experience true peace!


      mental Health: a Faith-based perspective – Baltimore/columbia ROOM

      How can developing 5-key spiritual disciplines help in addressing mental health needs? Participate in an interactive experience of learning the root cause and the prescription given. Learn how to develop a holistic faith-based plan that can help bring peace, joy, health, healing, and wholeness when coping with mental health. Raycenia B. Moyer, is a Leadership Development Educator and has been equipping youth, young adults and adult leaders across the nation. She equips leaders and those they lead in how to incorporate their faith into their everyday life and decisions right where they are, live, work, play, and go to school in the marketplace.



      giveaways / open mic / dance competition WITH spotlight over the city & DJ AKADEMIKS, WPGC radio – ballroom

      performance: Bowie state university marching band

      3:30 pm

      event concludes