Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Special Invitation For You

Youth Worker Symposium - "Igniting the Hidden Strengths of Young People"
April 21, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Trevecca Nazarene University Boone Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Guest Speaker: Mary Ackerman, Director of External Relations, Special Assistant to the President, from Search Institute will educate and motivate us all with the latest research on what helps youth thrive.


Learn what SPARKS are and why they matter as Mary Ackerman from Search Institute shares key findings from the institute's latest research on thriving youth. A short introduction to the Developmental Assets will serve as an entry to the goal of understanding strength-based human development as demonstrated by SPARKS. Participants will explore the power of youth being able to name their spark, identify adults who support them, the importance of providing opportunities for youth to practice sparks, and the role sparks play in giving youth their voice.

In the afternoon, symposium attendees will engage in SPARK conversations and delve more deeply into the practicalities of putting SPARKS information to work within program activities, engaging parents as partners, and more! Search Institute says, “This is probably the most practical tool we have for youth workers. . . . Spark conversations and engagement start the process for strong relationships that lead to development of the assets.”

Contact Susan Ragsdale with any questions at 262.9676. Share this invitation with friends and colleagues.