Thursday, March 26, 2009

New! Youth Development Training Series

The YMCA Center for Asset Development offers a new training series for Youth-Serving Agencies, Schools and Church Youth Groups

Youth Workers: Programs and Practices is a series of 2 ½ hour workshops that agencies can mix and match to fit the developmental focus of their work. Workshops include an introduction to positive youth development, an in-depth look at best practices in youth work including a highlight on AIM (Assets in Motion, centered around the Developmental Assets™ framework), and it concludes with a wrap up session to create an implementation plan for deepening your work with youth. Participants are actively engaged in recalling their own experiences with people, places and activities that had a positive impact on their lives; naming current practices that help youth succeed; generating new ideas with each other; learning what research says; and gaining hands-on activities and tools they can use with their youth groups. With the AIM section, participants undergo a process that leads them to being more deliberate and intentional in their work to build assets in youth.

Introduction to Positive Youth Development – gives an overview of the framework of the 40 Developmental Assets™ created by Search Institute and why they are important in the lives of youth to promote healthy behaviors, prevent negative risk taking behaviors and help youth be resilient.

Relationships – the Importance of the ‘R’ Factor - explores the importance of supportive, caring relationships and how to maximize the venue for impacting youth

Empowerment: Engaging Youth with Meaning and Purpose – examines the various ways to engage youth voice and action in your program and highlights the importance of service-learning as well as how to use technology at its best

The Power of Beliefs, Values and Choice – is chock full of tools you can use to help youth clarify values as well as build vital life skills

The Way and How of Learning – looks at multiple intelligences, learning styles, assets and life skills needed for success

Enhancing a Sense of Self – provides fun, interactive venues for youth to identify strengths, resources and goals for themselves that they can carry with them

Sharpening Your Youth Program – inventories relationships, programmatic practices, agency environment and polices to connect the dots between the reality of what happens and what the goal is for impacting youth; participants leave with a take home plan for infusing assets