April 6th, 2017


Join us for a day of learning and networking on April 6th. We will be meeting at the recently remodeled Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL. This is a day for anyone who volunteers, has considered volunteering, or works with volunteers. Hope to see you there!

2017 Keynote Speaker

John Shadowens, MPA - President and CEO of United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, IL.

John has spent twenty-nine years in regional leadership for expanding youth work throughout Southern Illinois. John has been an advocate for children and their families in all levels of risk from general prevention to early intervention to residential treatment. This includes over a dozen years in relational youth ministry.

John has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State and a Master's of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of the book Legacy Lost:  Cultural Erosion, Social Isolation and the Effect on Children and Families at Risk. John hosted his own radio show and podcast called "Live Out Loud" on WGGH AM 1150 addressing parenting and youth development topics.

John is an experienced trainer for the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets Framework, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Youth Mental Health First Aid. He is also considered an expert in the fields of youth mentoring and positive youth develop.  John has consulted with dozens of organizations and presented to thousands advocating for changes in our traditional approaches to working with young people.

Breakout Session: COLORS Personality Assessment

Mike Stehlin

Managers, supervisors and leaders while they are charged with assuring that performance meets goals and standards, they do so through the actions of others, their subordinates and volunteers. How we communicate, motivate and problem-solve with others plays a major role in our success or too often lack of success. What complicates this even further is that we are all wired differently. What motivates one does nothing for someone else. There is not one style of communication that works with everyone. So how do you gain some insight that will help you be more effective with these challenges?

You have the opportunity to invest in a fast paced, enjoyable and yes, even fun session that will introduce you to such a tool. In the course of this session you will take a self-scoring tool that will determine your personality tendency. Then through a series of structured group exercises learn more about yourself but more importantly about others. You will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for how others learn, communicate, problem solve, and work best. You will learn cues that others put out that will help you identify their personality tendencies.

This is that one session that people will be talking about for some time. Come find out what thousands of others have discovered and walk away with practical knowledge that you can use today.

The 2017 SIVC is brought to you by

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Shelter

One Hope United - Foster Grandparents

Rend Lake College - Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

Serve Illinois

SSM Health

Sue Tomlin, Ph.D.

Spero Family Services

United Way of South Central Illinois

Abdul Ursani

Southwestern Illinois College



The Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference is a collaboration of service-minded individuals from non-profits throughout the state.

The goal is to provide training and support to those who devote their time and energy to volunteering in their community. We bring quality training to your backyard to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed.