Best practice professional development training for youth program staff:
Young people can thrive when they feel safe and supported to learn and lead. The Active-Participatory Approach provides an overview of the Youth Work Method training series – a powerful set of methods for working with children and youth. The approach is designed to organize youth work strategies into an easy-to-use framework. “Active” refers to engaging the whole person in the learning process and supporting the development of cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills. “Participatory” refers to full involvement in all aspects of youth programming.
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About the Facilitators
JEN HARRISON is a facilitator and educator with a passion for supporting the success of youth, youth workers and their programs. For years she coordinated The Pathway Project, a youth employment and life skills project. Jen thrives on bringing youth programmers together to talk about their experiences and learn from one another. She also delivers the Safeteen program to schools, offering workshops on assertiveness to young women and girls. Jen is a YPQI Coach, Facilitator and External Assessor.
SUSANA GUARDADO has worked in the field of youth work for 20 years. Her experience spans out of school care programs, specialty camps, and residential and alternative education programs. She has a passion for fostering safe spaces where youth can have a voice and create quality programs. Susana has been a YPQI Site Lead and brings that hands-on experience to her work as a YPQI Coach and Facilitator.