Strategies for Building Assets, Resiliency, and Reconnection


bulletIn Person Training

bulletMarshall, MN

bulletThursday, May 11, 2017

bullet10:30 AM – 2 PM

bullet1 Hour Resource Share, Lunch and a 2 Hour Training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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Poverty, family dysfunction, and self-destructive behaviors create seemingly insurmountable barriers for youth served by prevention and intervention programs. These risk factors can mask a youth’s strengths that could be used to support positive changes in behaviors and attitudes.  Not seeing a youth’s strengths can mislead youth workers. Opportunities are overlooked. Then there are the frustrations stemming from limited resources, under-staffing, and “trial and error” approaches to helping young people succeed. It can drain the energy of even the most dedicated youth worker and leave the youth without good resources.

Youth practitioners need manageable strategies for identifying and prioritizing risks that can be reduced and strengths that can be developed. Using these strategies, youth workers can be more successful in helping young people recognize their strengths and build connections to real life supports and opportunities.

Learn to help youth discover their strengths and how to use them as tools for problem-solving, changing behaviors, and achieving their goals. This training will also provide you with a better understanding of the similarities and differences between several research-based practices and curricula that have proven successful in prevention and intervention for problem behaviors. As we explore strategies for connecting youth with growth opportunities, you will deepen your understanding of resiliency.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain understanding of risk factors and problem behaviors
  • Increase understanding of assets and resiliency
  • Discover strategies for strengthening young peoples’ assessment of their own assets
  • Learn to break behavior goals into manageable steps
  • Learn about successful intervention and prevention curricula

Presenter

Cheryl Meld has worked in the field of youth development and prevention for more than 25 years. Her experiences include designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for 4-H Extension Service, Aitkin County Law Enforcement and Juvenile Justice System, Kids Plus, and several rural Minnesota school districts. She is currently a youth development and program evaluation consultant and oversees an after-school program focusing on at-risk youth in eastern Aitkin County in Minnesota.

Cheryl has been an advocate for youth and an innovator of youth programming at local, state and national levels. She was the 2008 recipient of the Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Outstanding Achievement Award and 2012 Virginia McKnight Binger Human Services Award.

Resource Share

Growth & Justice’s “Minnesota Rural Equity Project”

Join us to learn about this project that seeks constructive, non-partisan and non-ideological solutions that help improve the socio-economic condition of Greater Minnesota and bridges the gaps between rural and Twin Cities interests.

Growth & Justice, founded in 2002, is a policy research and advocacy group with a statewide perspective. It seeks sustainable business growth and a broader prosperity throughout Minnesota, through smart investments in human capital and infrastructure, and by reducing economic inequality and erasing racial disparities.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS

Logistics

  • In-Person Training
  • Agenda
    • 10:00 AM- 10:30 AM Registration
    • 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Resource Share
    • 11:30 AM- Noon Lunch
    • Noon- 2:00 PM Training
  • 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.
  • The training will count as 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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