Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Central Time
FREE for YIPA members
FREE for non-YIPA members – a $70 value!
This FREE training forum is a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Service and YIPA.
Registration by Thursday, April 19, 2018 is appreciated.
As the field of youth development increases in complexity and becomes better informed, those of us who work with and on behalf of young people have opportunities for sharing with one another and improving our practice. We youth workers have always had shared responsibility to connect with young people–to meet them where they are and to ensure that our programs are relevant, accessible, and welcoming to all. This professional development opportunity will develop your skills in working with young people who have experienced trauma and strengthen your role in improving health and resilience in your community. Come learn how to connect with youth more deeply and to use innovative methods for engaging youth in educational adventures.
The theme of this event is Meeting Youth Where They Are. Following a keynote focusing on Understanding ACEs and Building Self-Healing Communities, you may choose one of three breakout sessions to deepen your learning. You may choose to delve deeper into trauma-informed youth work. Or you can immerse yourself in inquiry-based learning and learn to use young people’s sense of wonder to deepen their educational discovery. Or you can take a dive into STEM and learn to engage youth in engineering design through fun activities. There is truly something for everyone at this professional development event designed for all who work with or on behalf of young people.
KEYNOTE: Understanding ACEs and Building Self-Healing Communities
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in our understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental and societal health and well-being. We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The Understanding ACEs Building Self-Healing Communities presentation provides information about the ACE study, along with a look at the neurobiology that explains why ACEs impact people’s lives, and what we can all do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations.
Susan Beaulieu is the Director of the Tribal N.E.A.R. Sciences and Community Wisdom Project for Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC). She has been working with tribal nations in Minnesota for over 12 years, including 6 years as an Extension Educator developing 4-H programs with tribal partners. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and is currently working on her Ph.D. in the Social and Administrative Pharmacy program at the University of Minnesota. Susan is also a 2016 Bush Fellow focusing on building resilience and wellbeing at the individual, family, and community levels. She is a mother of four and resides in Brainerd, MN with her family.
BREAKOUT: Youth Development through a Trauma-Informed Lens
This workshop will provide youth workers with a brief overview of the research guiding our work with youth who have experienced trauma. How is this work different than youth work engaging a traditional audience? How does our practice change? What do we need to be mindful of as we engage this audience? These are the questions we will explore together. A panel of youth work providers will also share examples of their work and key findings. While this is not a new issue to youth workers, the focus on these efforts and research is providing us with new insights on how to better serve this population.
Jan Derdowski serves as an associate professor and extension educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Jan’s work specializes in youth leadership programs and developing and accessing quality environments for youth programming, and she also has extensive experience in developing partnerships to support work engaging youth. The partnerships currently are emphasizing reaching underrepresented audiences. Prior to her work with the University, she was a social worker serving youth and adults with mental health issues and coordinating afterschool and summer enrichment programs.
Katie Ecklund is a Program Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Katie’s work specializes in engaging underserved youth in out-of-school time programming. She has a certificate in Transforming Childhood Trauma from Yoga Calm/1000 Petals, is a yoga teacher (200 RYT), and is completing a Graduate Minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices this spring. Prior to her work with the University, Katie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia and a Program Director at the Boys and Girls Club.
Courtney Johnson serves as the Itasca County Community Engagement Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Extension Center of Youth Development. In her role, she develops and leads programming with area teens focused on building their social emotional learning skills while creating connections to community and positive relationships with adults. Her role serves teens who have limited supports at home and often struggle in traditional school settings. Additionally, she supports the Itasca Networks for Youth by providing Youth Program Quality Assessments and coaching after school youth professionals on the development of continuous quality improvement. Previously, Courtney served as the Crow Wing County 4-H Program Coordinator. She recently graduated from the University with her M.A. Ed in Youth Development Leadership.
Chad Evans has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area for 6 years as the Unit Director; he has been the Chair of the Standing Together Embracing Prevention Coalition for 7 years and the Full Service Community Schools Coordinator along with the Out of School Time Coordinator for the Deer River School District. His roles have enabled him to receive an abundance of training from prevention work, brain development and creating “quality” after school programming. He received the Regional and National ‘Native Spirit Awards’ for his exemplary service to Native American Families through his work in a Native Services Boys and Girls Club. Chad is passionate about ensuring the focus is on the ‘whole child’ and that the educational experience is equitable and that all youth have access to opportunities to build meaningful relationships with caring adults.
BREAKOUT: S & T take on the E in STEM Programming
In this session, we’ll use activities from the 4-H curriculum, Design It! to experience engineering design. Engineering design is the process used to solve engineering problems and to develop products. The curriculum focuses on team building, communication, organization of information, problem solving, and socialization–21st Century skills that are critical to learning and social growth. This session will provide opportunities to design, construct, test, and refine models using everyday materials and tools. The curriculum engages participants in opportunities to “naturally” manipulate simple objects in challenges through which they learn the fundamental concepts of science inquiry and engineering design. Participants will explore the curriculum through the designed learner outcomes and unifying concepts and experience hands-on activities. Participants will learn how to utilize activities for a short, one-time session and how to transform the activities into an all-day or multi-day experience for young people.
Stacy Hall has been with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development since July 2012. She serves as the 4-H Program Coordinator for Koochiching County. Stacy’s current work focuses on 4-H Afterschool programming that specializes in STEM activities and First Lego League Robotics. She also has experience with incorporating Social Emotional Learning Skills and assessing youth program quality in Afterschool programming.
Tracey Anderson has been with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development for nearly 13 years. She serves as the 4-H Program Coordinator in Lake County, MN. Tracey’s STEM work in Lake County includes programming at two Afterschool Clubs. She was instrumental in developing and leading a summer 2017 Citizen Science day camp experience called Water Watchers for junior high youth.
BREAKOUT: Tapping Wonder & Igniting Excitement through Inquiry-Based Learning
Learning This session will focus on inquiry-based learning and developing a deeper understanding for how to support this process for educational discovery. This session has been designed to focus particularly on the goal of learning and to offer you some tools and experiences that will assist you in getting young people engaged and helping to expand their learning experiences. The goal is to deepen learning by intentionally connecting young people to their own sense of wonder, to their own questions, and to the excitement of discovery as they explore those questions. We will also take time to apply these concepts to the wide variety of our out-of-school time learning opportunities.
Rebecca Meyer, Extension Educator with the Center for Youth Development, has more than 20 years of experience designing and delivering experiential programs for youth. Her programs have focused on environmental and science education in schools, non-formal settings, and nature areas. Rebecca was a Minnesota regional trainer in science and engineering activities for community-based organizations through the National Partnership for After School Science project (N-PASS). Rebecca co-authored national curriculum, Driven to Discover: Citizen Science Facilitator Guides and Investigator Journals focused on Monarchs and Birds. Additionally she co-wrote a revised national curriculum, the Exploring Your Environment series (2010), and is co-author of the Building Environmental Youth Leadership: A High School Service-learning Curriculum (2003).
Rebecca focuses on design and development of educational programs, curricula, and other resources for use with youth and adults, including: a National Science Foundation-funded project called Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science, and the national Museums Afterschool: Principles, Data, and Design project, which aims to identify design principles for high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming in out-of-school-time settings.
Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
- 8:30-9:00 Registration/Networking
- 9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction
- 9:15-10:15 Keynote: Understanding ACEs and Building Self-Healing Communities
- 10:15-10:45 Break/Networking (& refreshments)
- 10:45-12:15 Breakout Sessions (choose one):
- Youth Development through a Trauma-Informed Lens
- S & T take on the E in STEM Programming
- Tapping Wonder & Igniting Excitement through Inquiry-Based Learning
- 12:15-12:30 Closing
- In-Person Training
- Grand Rapids Regional Extension Office, 1861 E US Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
- Thursday, April 26, 2018
- 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Central Time
- FREE for YIPA members
- Free for non-YIPA members – a $70 value!
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- This training will count as 3.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.