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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Online activism, a forum for 21st century giving

Did you add a rainbow to your Facebook profile photo last week?  Did you think twice before making your decision? Was it a risky choice for you? Did you think of it as a meaningful action?

Following the Supreme Court decision on June 26 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, more than a million Facebook users changed their profile images in celebration.  

Trudy Dunham discusses this in the current Youth Develop Insight blog post.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Upcoming training and events

Quality Matters Online: A self study
Learn about the essential components of a high-quality youth program and how to create environments that are positive places for young people to develop. In this basics class, participants will learn about the current research that helps us define quality and begin understanding how to measure and improve it.

Intentional Program Design Matters
Wednesday, Sept. 23, St. Paul
Examine how program content and intentions can be matched with positive youth development principles plus aspects of quality and lived out in structure and design. Participants will learn about effective program design and expand upon ideas and options for how and why we develop program structure. A program design audit and redesign plan is included.

Leadership Matters
Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - noon, St. Paul
Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - noon, Farmington

This training explores the unique context of youth work management and leadership, and provides internal professional development strategies specifically targeted to youth work practice.

Youth Work Matters Online
Jan. 25 - Feb. 29, 2016
Takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development. It allows participants to interact with other youth development professionals from around the state, region and nation. Activities include synchronized group time and individual exploration.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Professional development opportunities

Ripples of Resilience: Cultivating Care for Self and Community

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

St. Paul

Everyone experiences stress and trauma. The impacts are different for everyone, as every individual copes in his or her own way. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic concepts of stress and trauma and strategies to care for oneself and others in their day-to-day lives. Youth-serving professionals will participate in a variety of activities while developing their understanding of stress and resilience in their personal lives and work settings. Participants will come away better attuned to their own stress triggers with tools to more intentionally respond to the impact of stress on their own life and those around them.

The workshop has three primary learning outcomes:

1.Understanding Stress and Trauma
2.Resilient Self: Ways to Shake It Off and Bounce Back
3.Cultivating Ripples of Care: A Brief Overview of Trauma-informed Care

Learn more and register

YIPA Fest - Sept. 23

YIPA FEST is celebration of Youth Intervention workers and youth serving organizations. It is a day full of learning, networking and fun!  Keynote speaker is Dr. Jermaine Davis.

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