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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Professional development opportunities

Responding to White Supremacy in Youth Work

Mondays, 6-8 p.m.: 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30
University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus, Peters Hall, Room 202, 1404 Gortner Ave.
$50/participant

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This seminar will explore how and why, in this current moment, some youth are choosing to adopt white supremacist ideas and behaviors.  As class we will discuss how this phenomenon shows up in our daily practices; research class identified areas of interest; and work to understand how we might build our skills sets and knowledge base to better respond and support youth in our community.  The first weeks of the seminar will focus on what questions and practices could help youth workers engage in this work and the final weeks will focus on how youth workers can support youth who are organizing to promote social justice.

Facilitator:  Jena Brune and Emily Krumberger, YDL Graduate Students


If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Moore, Director- Youth Work Learning Lab


Youth Work in Community—Critical Practices

Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 4, 2018
9 a.m.–Noon
U of MN St. Paul Campus Student Center, Cherrywood Room
Facilitator: Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota
Description: 
Most practitioners agree that youth work does not look like school. Just like other related fields, youth work has a set of commonly used practices that we draw from as we work with young people. While some of these we may use intuitively, others take a bit more intentional planning and effort to make them seem natural to us. When we ask young people to work together on a team project, what is our intended purpose and how do we support those groups in the learning process? This session will dive into some of the most critical and well-loved practices that support high levels of engagement, leadership and authentic partnership with youth in day-to-day sessions. 
What You’ll Walk Away With:
  • Clarity on the sources for critical practices such as group work, experiential learning design, youth and adult partnership, and project-based learning.
  • Time to explore why and how these practices make a difference (or don’t) when working with young people.
  • Space to try out some of the methods with your colleagues to make it easier to jump in and use them with groups of young people.

Youth in Their Community Contexts

Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 18, 2018
9 a.m.–Noon
U of MN St. Paul Campus - Peters Hall, Room 80
Facilitator: Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota
Description: 
Everyone comes from a variety of different communities. Understanding the worlds that young people belong to and are influenced by will help us gain a better perspective of their everyday lives. This knowledge allows us to build deeper connections with those we work with inside and around the program. During this workshop, we will dive into the theory of community youth development and critically think about the influences that the community has on its youth, as well as the resources it has to offer. We will explore strong qualities of community programs and practical strategies to become better community builders. 
What You’ll Walk Away With:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the theory of community youth development.
  • Recognize community influences and how they affect the everyday lives of youth.
  • Develop an awareness of strong qualities of community programs and critically reflect on the how your organization connects, supports and encourages relationships and understanding across difference communities.

How Youth Work And Improv Play Together
Wednesday, April 13, 2018
9 a.m.–Noon
St. Paul Student Center
Facilitator: Abigail (Abs) McLaren - Youth Worker, U of MN YDL M.Ed. Alumni and Improv Actor
Description:
Every youth worker has experienced a day with a group of young people that is not working.  Part of challenge is to find ways to adapt and be flexible in the moment and at the same time inspire young people to find meaning in the work we hope to do each day.  The work of theater and improv has a set of practices that are highly effective in creating space that is open, creative and adaptive.  Work with others to explore some of the practices that can translate easily into your daily work with young people.  Don't worry - we will not hold an open mic session at the end of class.
What You’ll Walk Away With:
  • Get to know some of the practices used in theater and improv that have great application potential in youth work.
  • Try out some of the techniques to see how they work.
  • Have conversation with your colleagues about where and how to use the practices in ways that create more openness, flexibility and connection in your youth groups.

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