The Connection Between Trauma and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

bulletIn-Person Training, Rochester, MN

bulletThursday, May 17, 2018

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1:00 pm-4:30 pm Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$70 for non-YIPA members

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Youth who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness often have endured multiple forms of trauma such as child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Some of these youths also have had involvement with systems such as child protection, children’s mental health, or juvenile justice. While there’s no single reason for youth homelessness, early exposure to trauma and adverse experiences plays a big role.

But as a youth worker, you can play a big role in helping these youths have better outcomes. You need to have the confidence to identify risk factors, knowledge about interventions and available resources, and the skills to build trust with young people that are typically untrusting of adults.

Your training will begin with a 2-hour overview of the essential information you need to know about risk factors, resources, and best practices for working with homeless youth. Then, you will view Resilience, a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Then you’ll be able to participate in a facilitated group discussion to reinforce the learning. This unique training will be informative and interactive. Don’t delay, register today.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the definition of “homelessness” for youth per state and federal laws
  • Develop awareness of the risk factors and adverse experiences that make youth vulnerable to homelessness
  • Know how to recognize youth experiencing homelessness and recommend resources that are available to help them
  • Acquire best practices for working with youth experiencing homelessness

Trainer

Beth Holger-Ambrose is the Executive Director for The Link which is a youth and adult led nonprofit that provides supportive services, emergency shelter and housing for youth experiencing homelessness, sex trafficking and/or experience with the juvenile justice system. Prior to this position, she was the Homeless Youth Services Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Holger-Ambrose also worked with street outreach, emergency shelter, and transitional living programs for runaway and youth experiencing homelessness. She also worked for Kennedy High School, coaching girls’ cross country and track and field teams for 14 years.

Holger-Ambrose is a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer for Legal Aid. She was the recipient of the Virginia McKnight-Binger Award in Human Services, the Ain Dah Yung Center’s Native Ally of the Year Award and a Bush Leadership Fellowship. She has over ten years of training experience on the topics of youth homelessness, sex trafficking and working with LGBTQ youth. Holger-Ambrose has also had research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (2/11) and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (5/13). Holger-Ambrose has a B.A. and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Logistics

  • In-Person Training
  • Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • 1:00 pm-4:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $70 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 3.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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