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LMSW Founder and Board President – S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth


Attendance Coordinator, Uniondale High School
Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University, Millersville University and St. Joseph’s College

Sergio Argueta is among the most influential community activists on Long Island. He is the founder and Board Chair of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation), one of the leading gang prevention and intervention agencies in the northeastern United States.

He earned an associate’s degree from Nassau Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science from Hofstra University. He was awarded the Turner Fellowship at Stony Brook University, where he earned a master’s degree in social work.

Sergio served as the gang specialist for the Nassau County Youth Board; and is currently one of the leading experts in the region on gangs and youth violence. Sergio served as the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Adelphi University for three years. He has served as an an adjunct criminal justice professor at Nassau Community College. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Schools of Social Work at Adelphi University and Millersville University in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Sergio became a high school social worker at Uniondale High School , transitioning into the Uniondale High School Attendance Coordinator position in 2016. As of September 2019, Sergio is the Dean of Students at UHS! He is involved in various community organizing initiatives, which include being one of the founders and Co-Convener’s of The Corridor Counts (TCC) which advocates for equity within some of the most marginalized communities in Nassau County.


Even if the Leadership Training Conference is being held virtually, you can still meet your fellow Key Club members in Playfair Online!

After months of isolation, members are hungry for connection and community with their fellow Key Clubbers. Playfair Online is a high-spirited, high-energy event that allows Key Clubbers to engage with each other, laugh with each other, and feel a part of an exciting Key Club community. It’s team building, it’s comedy, and it’s lots of fun!

In Playfair Online, Key Clubbers meet each other in many different ways – as the entire Conference is gathered together, and in many fast-moving breakout rooms. Members will engage in mental and physical challenges as they play games that bring them closer together. Not being able to gather in person at LTC, Key Clubbers may be missing out on some of the traditional social experiences, so we’ll throw them a party – including a Playfair Online dance celebration!


Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Thirst Project

Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Seth grew up with a love for sharks and being on stage.

Interested in acting, Seth started acting at the age of 7 and moved out to California to earn a B.A. in Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-LA. Although all paths lead to acting, Seth’s direction changed completely when one of his friends showed him pictures from her India trip, where he loosely learned about the global water crisis. Motivated to take action, Seth gathered 7 of his closest college friends together, purchased over 1,000 water bottles, and went to the streets to spread awareness about the global water crisis. After many requests from schools later, the Thirst Project arose and has now risen over $10 million with over 3,000 water projects established in 13 countries. Since the humble beginnings, Seth has spoken internationally at over 300 schools, countless churches, and numerous conferences including TEDX Hollywood Youth Conference, Global Youth Summit, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, and meeting with Obama Administration Officials at the White House. For all of this work and more, Seth has been honored by Forbes 30 under 30, DoSomething Awards and even rang the open NASDAQ bell on Wall Street.



Brenda Leigh Johnson

New York District, Kiwanis International

Jim Mancuso

New York District, Kiwanis International

Dr. Mahaliel Bethea II

My Brothers Keeper NYC

Past New York Key Club Governor (2001-02)

Dan Nguyen

Thirst Project

Dan Gannon

Founder and Executive Coach
Gannon Global

Joseph Vernace

Vice President of Marketing

Stephanie Espina

Immediate Past President
NYS Association of College Admission Counseling

Ashley John

Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Long Island University

Matthew Blanar

Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Long Island University

Anna Zinko

Assistant Dean of Student and Community Engagement
Adelphi University


Click on each session for specific workshop information!

WORKSHOP ROUND 1 : Saturday, May 15 | 11 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.


Thirst Project
Dan Nguyen, Ambassador

Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined.

Importance of the K-Family
Chloe Baker, Governor-Elect
Charlotte Allen, Division 23 Lieutenant Governor

Key Club is part of the Kiwanis Family! Learn about Kiwanis, Circle K, Key Club and the other K-Family branches and how you can interact and create dynamic relationships. The K-Family is what makes Key Club unique. 

Presidents & Vice Presidents
Matthew Friedman, Division 7 Lieutenant Governor
Bryan Perez, Division 8A Lieutenant Governor’

Presidents and Vice Presidents serve in a very important role as the leaders of their executive boards and clubs. This workshop will outline the responsibilities of these positions and sharpen the skills of our club leaders. Be ready to learn useful tips and tricks to ensure you and your club have a successful year. 

Club Secretaries
Jason Xiong, District Secretary

From completing paperwork to maintaining organization, club secretaries are an integral part of the club. Attendees will learn the ins- and- outs of their responsibilities and how to be an effective leader in their club. This workshop is for current club secretaries as well as anyone who is interested in becoming one!

Club Treasurers
Winnie Huang, District Treasurer

Whether collecting dues, managing finances, planning fundraisers, or completing paperwork, the Club Treasurer serves as a vital part of Key Club. Come and learn the responsibilities of being a club treasurer. This workshop is strongly recommended for current club treasurers and interested prospects!

Club Editors & Webmasters
Rachel Joh, District Editor
Kristen Lew, District Webmaster

Ready to be the image of your Key Club? The Club Editor and Webmaster helps to create and maintain the brand and marketing outreach for their club. This workshop will show you how to maintain an online presence, market your club, and outline the responsibilities of keeping your members and community up-to-date.

A Key Clubber’s Guide to Virtual Engagement
Shifa Ali, Division 4N Lieutenant Governor
Tarangini Arunachalam, Division 6 Lieutenant Governor

Like much of the world, Key Club has moved to a mostly virtual platform. This has meant implementing a new approach for many club leaders. Learn how to engage your club members to continue serving their communities in a fun and exciting way!

Faculty and Kiwanis Advisors Forum
John Goldstein, District Administrator
Michael Berthel, Assistant Administrator
Jason Steiner, Assistant Administrator



WORKSHOP ROUND 2 : Saturday, May 15 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Talk, Text or Chat! A Key Club Guide to Communication
Kevin Milza, Division 15 Lieutenant Governor
Joseph Gabel, Division 2 Lieutenant Governor

This workshop will provide tips on how to stay involved while socially distant. Whether it is via communication, service projects, or social media, this workshop will teach you the skills to stay connected with your fellow club members.

Motivation Nation
Kate Barclay, Division 21 Lieutenant Governor
Rachel Derocco, Division 19 Lieutenant Governor

Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated.  How can you keep yourself focused and moving forward towards reaching your goals?  Join us for some tips and tricks to get and stay motivated!

Leadership in Action: Finding Your Authentic Self
Matthew Blanar, Associate Dean of Students, Long Island University
Ashley John, Associate Dean of Students, Long Island University

Key Club is about service, but it’s also about leadership. Key Clubbers are leaders in their schools, their clubs, and their communities. Authentic leadership is an important quality that will make Key Club members more effective and successful servant leaders.  Learn how to find your authentic self at this workshop.

Graphic Design With Canva
Simrun Kothari, Division 9 Lieutenant Governor
Freya Zhu, Division 11 Lieutenant Governor

Creating quality marketing content is important to your overall brand! Do you want to learn how to brand yourself using an innovative and free platform? Learn how to create posters, emails and more using Canva and other resources!

Faculty and Kiwanis Advisors Forum
John Goldstein, District Administrator
Michael Berthel, Assistant Administrator
Jason Steiner, Assistant Administrator

Social Change Through Service
Anna Zinko, Assistant Dean of Students and Community Engagement, Adelphi University 

As leaders in our communities who are dedicated to service, this workshop will explore how to address societal challenges and make meaningful change in your community through the power of service. 

WORKSHOP ROUND 3 : Saturday, May 15 | 2:20 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Inclusion Among Members
Madison Matice, Division 18 Lieutenant Governor
Sophia Segal, Division 3 Lieutenant Governor

Inclusiveness is one of the core values of Key Club. Learn different ways to ensure your club is inclusive and engaging all of your membership!

Inspiring Members’ Commitment to Service
Kasia Kalinski, Division 25 Lieutenant Governor
Yeshayah Allis, Division 27 Lieutenant Governor

Members are the most important part of the Key Club organization. How can we keep our members inspired to serve and committed to playing an active role in your club?  Come to this workshop to discuss and find out.

Key Club in the Summer
Tatiana Solodova, Internal Executive Assistant

Service does not end in the summer! Here you will find some fun summer events you can plan for your club and serve the community! The summer is not just for the beach, it can be for service too!

Living Your Brand
Joseph Vernace, Vice President of Marketing, LICPSA

Come learn how to create a successful personal, professional, and organizational brand from an expert in the field. The presenter has created and revamped the brand and marketing strategy for several organizations and wants to share his insight and knowledge with Key Club.

Setting Goals: One Year to Make a Difference
Dan Gannon, Founder and Executive Coach, Gannon Global

Dan Gannon is focused on helping individuals set goals… and reach them! The workshop will explore how Key Club members can set goals for themselves and their clubs and ensure they are successful. Dan is an executive coach with all the professional tools and tips that you will need to bring your club to new heights!

Applying to College – An Expert’s Guide
Stephanie Espina, Immediate Past President, NYS Association for College Admission Counseling & Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Adelphi University

Whether you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, applying to college is right around the corner. Stephanie Espina is a leader in New York State College Admissions and will share her expertise on how to ace the college admissions process.

You’re On Mute – Guide to Online Public Speaking
Amanda Roth, Division 26 Lieutenant Governor
Alvin Ma, Division 8 Lieutenant Governor

Are you nervous to speak on Zoom? Well don’t be! In this workshop we’ll teach you all the tips and tricks for virtual (and in-person) Public Speaking! Come enjoy some fun and leave with a skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life!

Faculty and Kiwanis Advisors Forum
John Goldstein, District Administrator
Michael Berthel, Assistant Administrator
Jason Steiner, Assistant Administrator


Our Sponsors

Thanks to those Kiwanians and clubs whose assistance helped Key Clubbers participate in this year’s conference as well as the following clubs and individuals for their support of LTC 2021 via the purchase of a program ad.

Thank you for your incredible support!


Q. How do I register an entire club?

A. This year all participants must register individually via a registration link. Registration is now closed.

Q. How much does the conference cost?

A. Registration for LTC 2021 is $25.00 per person and is non-refundable.

Q. What does my registration cover?

A. The registration fee includes all conference programming (Keynote, professional program presenters, awards, and an LTC gift pack for all Key Clubbers who register and pay by the priority deadline.

Q. Is there a deadline for Registration?

A. Yes. The priority/guaranteed registration deadline is 11:59 pm on April 4, 2021.

Q. Do I have to register online?

A. Yes, all registration for the Leadership Training Conference must be completed online via a registration link. The process is quick and easy!

Q. Do I have to provide my individual email?

A. Yes. This will only be used for distributing important conference information before the event (program, session links, etc.) and to administer a survey after the conference is over.

Q. Can I use my school email?

A. It is strongly recommended for students to use personal emails as many schools prohibit messages from outside domains. New York District Key Club is not responsible if you do not receive our emails.

Q. Why do I need to provide my home address?

A. Your address is required so that we may ship your LTC gift pack to you. New York District Key Club will not use your address for any other purpose nor will we release this information to any third party.

Q. How do I make changes to my registration?

A. To make changes, you can email with any requested changes. We will process the change and respond to you as quickly as possible. All registration fees are non-refundable.

Q. Will my students be roomed together at the conference?

A. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LTC 2021 will be a 100% virtual event.


Q. When and how do I pay for the conference?

A. Payment must be made at the time of registration via a credit or debit card. The registration form will direct you to a secure Paypal payment site to complete the transaction.


Q. I do not have a PayPal account. How do I make my registration payment?

A. Registrants do not need a personal PayPal account to submit their registration. Simply “checkout as a guest”.

Q. Are there other forms that are required?

A. Registrants and their parents/guardians will need to read and agree to the Key Club Code of Conduct and Photo Release Form. Both documents are available for viewing during the registration process.


Q. How does my club submit for awards?

A. Those interested in being considered for awards should research available awards and criteria in the Awards Booklet, which is updated on the website (or at this link).


Q. Who should I ask if I have other questions?

A. All questions can be directed to We will respond as quickly as possible to your inquiry.