Best practice professional development training for youth program staff:
Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. We divide our recommended strategies into opportunities and support. Please note that these categories are not entirely separate. In fact, providing opportunities without supports are not likely to be successful. But meaningful opportunities for voice coupled with strong support can result in benefits for youth, programs and communities. This interactive workshop is focused on providing youth with meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the program itself.
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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.