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.
How to Help Young People Develop Their Own Solutions
This workshop will show afterschool staff how to help young people see that they have many options for their own behavior, even in stressful situations. Participants will explore and practice ways they can help young people learn to express their feelings clearly and non-violently and make positive choices for how they act.
How to Respond Effectively to Challenging Behavior
When working with young people, effective group management is one of the most important skills to master. In this workshop, you will learn the key elements of effective group management, including the creative use of rules, giving participants interesting roles, and group activities that help students interact more and increase teamwork. You will also learn to help students communicate more effectively when things don’t go their way.
Involving Youth In Decision-Making
How to Develop Opportunities for Meaningful Youth Input
Every young person brings unique skills, talents, and leadership potential to your program. By engaging youth in meaningful leadership opportunities, educators can foster healthier learning environments while instilling the confidence youth need to become active citizens in their schools and communities. This workshop will help educators learn how to resist the urge to overrule decisions made by young people, react constructively when young people make “mistakes,” and create an environment that fosters the capacity of youth for constructive decision-making.
Social Justice Programming
How to Engage Older Youth Through Social Justice-Based Programming
All young people have the capacity to be change agents in society. The Bridging Multiple Worlds Competencies create engaging, affirming environments that help all young people to thrive and learn how to make a difference in the world. This workshop explores these social justice-based competencies and ways in which programs can help them come to life.
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.
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.
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.