In-person training in Mankato, MN
Thursday, April 5, 2018
10:00 am to noon Central Time
FREE for YIPA members
$40 for non-YIPA members
Today’s immigrant youth come from many different countries with a wide variety of arrival stories. They are increasingly likely to resettle in rural communities, areas that often have less experience and established infrastructure to help families adapt to their new surroundings. Most fare well and thrive in their new communities, but some immigrant youth can face unique barriers related to language proficiency, cultural and social adaptation, and poverty.
Youth workers can learn effective strategies for working specifically with immigrant youth. Simply learning how to properly pronounce a young person’s name, or knowing something about their birth country can make a huge difference in your ability to establish a meaningful relationship. Listening to their stories and celebrating cultural difference shows that you value their contribution to your program and to the community.
Join us in Mankato, MN for this important training to learn how you can better support immigrant youth. The training will include a youth panel to provide real world context to some of the challenges immigrant youth face and young people’s perspective on what youth workers can do to improve outcomes. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the experts – young people!
- Understand the difference between willing (immigrant) and forced (refugee) immigration
- Expand your view beyond the “immigrant” label to see the uniqueness of each individual youth
- Recognize how barriers affect the well-being of immigrant youth
- Learn strategies for breaking down barriers to improve youth outcomes
Ezra Kenyanya is the founder and director of VUNA International, an organization that seeks to empower isolated communities with inadequate access to healthcare, education, and food security in Africa. In recent years, the organization’s work has expanded to work with immigrant youth in the diaspora. Ezra received his BA in Science and an MSc in Community and International Development from Andrews University. He has special interest in youth empowerment and education sustainability and has conducted field work projects in Madagascar leading to a paper that will soon be published in the Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. Ezra has spoken extensively at world events for youth, students, young professionals, and civic leaders but most of his work has been done in East and Central Africa and North America. Ezra currently serves at Kenya Community SDA Church in Minnesota where he is helping to establish a Youth Community Center of Influence for young Africans.
Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: DIVERSITY
- Mankato, MN
- Blue Earth County Library, 100 E Main Street, Mankato, MN 56001
- Thursday, April 5, 2018
- 10:00 am – noon Central Time
- FREE for YIPA members
- $40 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 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.