2021 Annual Session

2021 NEAFCS Annual Session
November 2-5 ~ Grand Rapids, Michigan

Call for Proposals & Request for Reviewers NOW OPEN. See below for details.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2021 NEAFCS Annual Session. You will be challenged by dynamic keynote speakers, experience innovative programming and meet other NEAFCS professionals. Plan now to experience "Great Depths, Greater Impact" in Grand Rapids, MI., setting a course for program design directed at genuine impact, diving into authentic relationships, partnerships and collaborations and exploring the depths of work centered in diversity, equity and inclusion.

SEE YOU IN MICHIGAN (welcome video)


Hotel Information
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel for the 2021 Annual Session.  It is recognized as one of the finest historic hotels across America. NEAFCS will also utilize space at the DeVos Place Convention Center, connected to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by a climate-controlled skywalk. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and close to many of the top things to do in the area.  Grand Rapids is the heart of what Forbes Magazine calls "One of the 10 best downtowns in the USA." 



Call for Proposals for the 2021 Annual Session Now Open

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2021. 

Click here to access the 2021 Annual Session Proposal Portal. (you will be taken to a members only web page)

Click here to view the FAQ document for more information. This information can also be found in the Proposal Portal.

NEAFCS is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Annual Session in Grand Rapids, Michigan from November 2-5. You can choose to submit a proposal to present a Concurrent Session or a Showcase of Excellence Poster. 

You must be a current NEAFCS member to submit a proposal; however team members can be any Extension professional or Community partner. Members selected to present will be required to register for the Annual Session; this includes all team presenters. Only properly completed online abstract submissions will be considered.

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2021.

2021 Presentation Proposal Selection Criteria

  • Addresses an emerging issue, relevant problem, or community need
  • Provides participants with new skills, knowledge, or abilities
  • Demonstrates effectiveness through program process, outcome, or impact evaluation
  • Clear, concise, and correct grammar and spelling

This year's tracks include:

  • Teaching/ Program Development/Leadership/Community and Economic Development
  • Life Span Development: Aging, Human Development and related topics
  • Child Care/Child Development/Parenting
  • Sustainable Living: Textiles, Clothing, Housing, Environment, Disaster Relief & Preparedness and related topics
  • Life Member
  • Financial Management
  • Food Safety/Food Security
  • Health: Emotional, Mental, Physical and Substance Use
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Technology and Social Media
  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Trending Topics (This track is for your innovative proposal that may not fit into one of the above tracks)

For more information, we recommend you watch the Submitting a 2021 NEAFCS Session Proposal Webinar scheduled for December 10th.  To register, visit the NEAFCS website under the Professional Development tab/Webinars. 

2021 Annual Session Request for Proposal Reviewers Now Open 

From December 1 until January 31, NEAFCS is looking for individuals to sign up to be a reviewer for programs to be presented at the 2021 Annual Session in Grand Rapids, MI.  You will be asked to review from February 1-22. This experience is an opportunity to enhance your Vita for promotion. You can also learn ideas to present in the future. 

It would be helpful if reviewers would watch the webinar Submitting a 2021 NEAFCS Session Proposal scheduled for December 10th which can be found on the NEAFCS website under the Professional Development tab/Webinars. 

Click here to access the Sign-Up Form