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Networking at the VTI

Because we recognize how valuable peer learning is in building skills, socializing the latest, most innovative approaches to the work we do, and bringing your learning to life, we’ve been mindful about designing networking into the Virtual Training Institute. We hope you’ll find these sessions fun AND impactful!

Wellness at Work

Gentle Yoga For Stress Relief

Led by Yoga Heights DC

Monday, Feb. 6, 12 p.m.
Angelique Raptakis
This class moves you through a series of poses that connect breath to movement. Join Angelique Raptakis from Yoga Heights in DC for a 45-minute gentle yoga class that will help you to relieve tension and stress in your body, mind and spirit. No experience is required. Students can expect an emphasis on breathing as you progress through a flowing sequence of poses to help you get out of your head and into your body.

Chair Yoga for Wellness Anywhere, Anytime

Led by Yoga Heights DC

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
Join Angelique Raptakis from Yoga Heights in DC for a 45-minute chair yoga class that will teach you how to move, breath and relax even when you can't get away from your desk. No experience required. This class moves you through a series of poses that connect breath to movement. Students can expect an emphasis on breathing as you progress through a flowing sequence of poses to help you get out of your head and into your body.

Hot Topics

Speakers will give motivational talks for 45 minutes on various topics and themes relating to dealing with change, personal branding, creativity and innovation and living your life with purpose. 

As the Consumer Goes, So Goes the Community: Consumer Resilience & Community Empowerment

Led by Rita Green, Greens Adult Education Services, LLC

Monday, Feb. 6, 10:00 a.m.
Rita GreenThe whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. Communities are made up of consumers. As consumer wealth goes, so goes community wealth. This session uses two real-world situations to illustrate the power of the reciprocal relationship between consumers and the communities in which they live. Financially resilient consumers can have a strong effect on the outcome of their communities. Likewise, team members in an organization in the community can use their talent and initiative to reach out and help others overcome barriers to success.

Important Updates from HUD

Led by Jerry Mayer, HUD Office of Housing Counseling

Monday, Feb 6, 12:30 p.m.
Join Jerry Mayer of the HUD Office of Housing Counseling to get critical updates on programs and services in the world of housing counseling, foreclosure and eviction intervention, disaster response and recovery, and policy changes. 

Brand Me! Building Your Brand

Led by Tracey Royal, Tracey Royal Communications

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.
Tracey Hughes Royal
Are you walking YOUR walk and talking YOUR talk? Your personal brand is the best representation of you. It needs to be clear, consistent and authentic. This workshop will help you define your personal brand and the best way to communicate it, on and offline. This workshop will cover the art of crafting your message, developing a mini-marketing strategy, social media approach, creating online engagement, and being true to YOU. 

Learning, Linking and Leveraging Social Media

Led by Tracey Royal, Tracey Royal Communications

Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Understanding the basics of social media is the key to developing an effective communications plan. This workshop will help you master the skills of social media including social media management, monitoring and skillful execution. It will also cover the art of crafting your message, developing a social media strategy and content calendar, identifying your “pillars,” creating engagement, identifying the do's and avoiding the don'ts of social media, and social media apps to make it easy and fun.

How to Keep Our Credit and Divorce Our Debt

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
When you obtain credit, you sign a contract and your ability to fulfill its terms determines the quality of your relationship with the creditor. Successful financial relationships can lead to long-term harmony – or in some instances, when consumers seek bankruptcy protection or a creditor sues a client, a type of financial divorce occurs that can compromise future financial relationships with other lenders. Financial relationships can flourish or flounder based on the decision-making of the consumer. We will learn the principles that lead to financial harmony and how to overcome credit mistakes from the past. Credit is often necessary but excessive debt is not – so it’s important to understand how to keep and maintain credit properly while divorcing our debt.

Game On!

Time to give our brains a break and have some fun. These exciting and light-hearted games will have prizes for all winners. Sessions will be 30-45 minutes using Zoom. We will cap the participation for each game to ensure a quality gaming experience. Prizes will be valued at no more than $25.00 in the form of gift cards.

Virtual Escape Room

Hosted by Neon Entertainment

Monday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.
Mystery abounds at Bobby Majestic’s Amazing Tigerland. Money is missing, and everyone knows something about who took it. Can you find the culprit amongst this group of outcasts? Documentary filmmaker Steve Brinkman has film that shows who is the thief – but he’s encrypted all of the video clips. Players work together to unlock the encrypted video to discover this offender. Tigerland is an escape style game designed to be played with remote teams use videoconferencing technology. Players join together and communicate virtually to solve puzzles and determine the thief. Join us to refresh your brain during a day of learning!

Virtual Bingo

Led by Raneika White, NeighborWorks America

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12 p.m. 
Raneika White
Time for a classic and iconic game of Bingo. Virtual Bingo welcomes everyone for all skill levels and ages to participate in a few rounds of fun. Winners will have bragging rights for the week and a chance to interact with other participants!


Virtual Paint Party

Led by TeamClass

Thursday, Feb. 9, 12 p.m. 
Find your inner Bob Ross by painting with 25 of your fellow participants for an instructor-led session with supplies provided by the vendor. This will be a live session over the vendor’s Zoom link.  NOTE: Registration will close two weeks prior to the event date to accommodate shipping the supplies to participants. In order the send you the supplies, please provide your information by January 26, 2023. If your information is not received by the deadline we cannot guarantee you will receive the supplies.