Summer Youth Work Professional Development Opportunities (Portland)

Join the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest for a series of professional development opportunities designed for youth program staff.

Intro to Active Participatory Approach—Free!

July 19 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)

How do young people learn? Is your program designed to deliver active and participatory learning?

We know that young people must have their needs met, learning must be social and embedded, and knowledge built in predictable stages. This workshop helps staff implement tools to optimize your youth program to not only support youth but to build motivation and engagement. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series.

Reframing Conflict

August 16 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.)

This training focuses on the question of what role to play in conflict situations with the youth in your program. Do you know how to turn a conflict situation into an opportunity for growth? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the High/Scope step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution.

Youth Voice

September 20 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop focuses on how to provide youth with meaningful choice within program activities and design.

Building Community

October 17 (Portland, Ore., location TBA, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.