How to Facilitate Engaging Discussions and Activities
Having strong facilitation skills is a key component of running an engaging youth program. In this workshop, participants will learn facilitation techniques that maximize the use of their skills and varied settings and also learn strategies to help youth stay motivated to learn. Participants will come up with facilitation strategies that will enhance the workshop they are developing and practice a few strategies in front of their peers.
Advanced Facilitation Skills
How to Facilitate Groups with an Equity Lens
This training is designed to build on your skills and experience as a trainer, and bring your facilitation skills to the next level, ensuring all your participants are engaged and understood. We recommend that you participate in the Facilitation Skills session prior to attending this session.
Equity and Diversity Institute
How to Address Equity and Diversity in Youth Programs
Trainings on this topic offer youth workers and program leaders an overview of common diversity and equity issues. We create a supportive space to reflect on our own backgrounds and the resources, challenges and opportunities they provide to our work; identify individual and community issues shaping the lives and needs of the young people we serve; learn about promising strategies for supporting young people’s social, cultural, and cross-cultural development, and for creating inclusive and responsive programming; and assess the strengths and gaps in our programs’ equity and diversity efforts.
Working with English Learners
How to Support English Learners in After School
The English Learner population has grown over 50% in the last decade—and it’s still growing. Learn how your out-of-school time programs can effectively support the diverse and often vulnerable English Learner population in a holistic way to address their unique social-emotional and developmental needs.
Affirming Culture and Language
How to Create a Program that Nurtures Multiculturalism
In this workshop, participants view We Speak America, a moving, award-winning documentary that weaves together the voices of children, youth, parents, and teachers as they speak about the importance of community ties, having a bicultural and bilingual identity, and connecting to family heritage. Drawing on the film’s powerful intergenerational perspectives as well as on other interactive activities, we will build a vision for what it takes to create schools and youth programs that nurture students’ cultural and linguistic assets, affirm their identities, and help them thrive in a multicultural world.
Working with Immigrant Children,Youth, and Families
Understanding the Immigration Experience
Understanding the complexity and diversity of the immigrant experience is a critical step in supporting the needs of immigrant youth and their families. Drawing upon The New Americans, a PBS mini-series that follows a diverse group of immigrant and refugee families through their journeys from their homelands to the U.S., participants in this workshop identify strategies to better meet the needs of immigrant youth in their programs.
Working with LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
How to Support and Validate LGBTQ and Gender Non-Conforming Identities
This half-day workshop is designed for an audience seeking to broaden their cultural competency in working with LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth. Gain a basic understanding of current LGBTQ language and terminology, more awareness and understanding of challenges facing LGBTQ youth and stronger cultural competency in working with the LGBTQ community. This session offers take-away tools to increase inclusivity and safety and support of LGBTQ youth at your home organizations and programs.
Recruitment and Retention
How to Keep Middle School and High School Youth Engaged
This workshop will draw from the four “B’s” of recruiting and retaining high school youth: be real, be yourself, be respectful, and build informal relationships. In addition to the four “B’s,” the workshop will provide specific strategies that keep youth coming back to your program.
Effective Staff Supervision Strategies
How to Support and Develop Adults Who Work With Kids
When new or inexperienced staff join our program’s team, it is important to help them develop the skills they need to work effectively with young people. This workshop supports supervisors and others to utilize strength-based positive coaching strategies that help staff tackle areas of improvement and achieve ongoing success.
How to Use Team Games to Build Community Among Staff and Youth
Team building games are great ways to create a positive spirit in your group. They can also be used to energize and focus the group and burn off stress. We will discuss and explore different types of energizers including icebreakers, communication and team building activities, and getting to know each other activities.
How to Develop Effective Presentation Skills
Speaking in public is one of the greatest and most common fears people identify when asked! Having the self-confidence to master this fear is an important skill for anyone wanting to develop leadership skills or to increase self-confidence. Through a series of interactive activities, participants in this workshop will learn basic skills and strategies associated with public speaking, including tactics for managing nervousness, and will have opportunities to practice these skills in a safe and supportive environment.