Thrive Conference

Did you know…

55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know including photos and physical descriptions?

There has been a 40% increase in students struggling with depression.

 Are you ready to help change these statistics and help your children thrive?

Join us for a practical and hands on morning of dynamic keynote speakers that will strengthen your parenting and teaching toolkit.Our speakers will leave you with evidence-based strategies and immediate action steps to help your student…THRIVE!

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Helping Students Thrive! 

JANUARY 20, 2018
$89 per couple
$49 per individual

Check in at 8:30 a.m. with continental breakfast provided
Lunch will be served courtesy of Chik-Fil-A and Cornerstone Church

Cornerstone Church
Student Center
1595 South Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ 85286


Featured Keynote Speakers each with topics for an impactful one hour session that will leave you with real information and practical action steps to help your student THRIVE in 2018:

THE RACE TO SOMEWHERE: Helping Kids Thrive to help your child balance social, emotional, and academic performance.

Dr. Lisa Bravo, Doctor of Behavioral Health LPC, LISAC, NCC

In this session, Dr. Bravo will outline how to cultivate coping and resiliency in your children. In a fast paced world where academic rigor is being constantly pushed, find out how you can bolster your child’s ability to balance social, emotional, and academic performance.

Dr. Lisa Bravo, Doctor of Behavioral Health, LPC, LSAC – Dr. Bravo is a highly acclaimed psychotherapist, internationally recognized speaker, teacher, & best- selling author. Her professional experience spans across many therapy approaches -from Psychodynamic to Solution-Focused to Family Systems.

Kids Under the Influence (KUI): Exploring the conflict of social life and the digital life.
Katey McPherson, Educational Consultant True Measure Solutions

Katey McPherson joins us as we explore the ins and outs of digital citizenship, how to cultivate an online presence that promotes student’s success, while protecting them from the hidden dangers of online predation and pitfalls. Special attention will focus on increasing digital social competence for boys and girls and how they use online platforms both similarly and differently, how to teach students to maintain dignity during conflict, and how to keep the lines of communication open with your children/students.

  • Participants will be led through a “life lab” of apps and will be immediately equipped with the following tools and resources:
    How to create a family data contract
  • How to manage video game/device usage and supervision, including popular apps
  • How to increase your family’s social and digital competence
  • How to teach kids how to be responsible digital citizens while branding and promoting themselves appropriately for their future

Katey McPherson, Director of Training, The Gurian Institute -Katey McPherson is a former secondary school administrator and co-author of Why Teens Fail: What to Fix. She has been an educator for 22 years, serving as a secondary school teacher, middle school guidance counselor, and assistant principal.

BOY ACTIVATED: How to Movitate & Drive Boys Crazy for Learning at Home and at School

Shawn Hardnett, Principal STARS Prep Washington, D.C.

It’s one thing to be a boy in a traditional school which seem designed to make it tougher and tougher for boys to engage. Come and take a look at how what research and best practices say about how to engage male students.

This session will turn your classroom and home into a place that embraces boy energy and drives boys crazy–in a good way! Shawn is a master at showcasing how to turn parenting and teaching boys from transactions to interactions.

Time IN instead of time OUT is the way to a child’s heart.

Shawn Hardnett, Principal, STARS Prep, Washington, D.C. – Above all, Shawn Hardnett is a teacher. In more than 20 years as a teacher, administrator, school founder and leader, National Level Development Trainer/Coach, as well as Charter Management Organization Chief of Schools, his work continues to raise the profile of the organizations that he has served. Significant academic and organizational gains were made and student outcomes shifted to the positive, especially for male students.

Join us on Sundays at Cornerstone in our Student Ministries for 5th-12th graders!

Anthony Montana

Anthony Montana
High School Pastor

I have worked in various student ministry roles at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship since 2009. With over 10 years experience as a Children’s and Student Pastor, I know kids and teens and how to keep them engaged and inspired. I unwrap and animate God’s truth in ways that connect with today’s youth. Students regularly hear the Gospel of Jesus in a clear and interactive communication approach, then are challenged to wrestle with it and apply it to their daily lives. I currently reside in Mesa, AZ with my wife, Annasarah, and 2 beautiful daughters.  I am currently enrolled with Veritas Evangelical Seminary obtaining a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Join us at 11:55am Sundays in the Student Center.

Ken Tram
Junior High Pastor

I have this crazy love for junior high students especially when there’s this perfect combination of energy and knowing Jesus’ love! Energy and Jesus? Yeah that’s kind of me. I’ve been doing youth ministry for more than 12 years and pretend I’m super smart with a masters degree in theology from Fuller Seminary. I’m also a father (and foster father) of four: Kiley, Bella, Eddie, and Carter!

Join us at 9:05 on Sundays in the Student Center.

James Washburn
5th/6th Grade Pastor

What’s up! I’m the 5/6 Pastor at Cornerstone and I love our students! I have a passion for impacting students to live, love, and lead while they make Jesus famous! I have been in the ministry for over 12 years and I am currently pursuing my masters degree in Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary. I am married, have one daughter, and two crazy dogs.

Join us at 9:05, 10:35 or 11:55 on Sundays in B112.