Engaging Youth via Pop Culture


bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on June 22, 2017

bullet2 hour Training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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Katniss Everdeen has a story, J. Cole has a story, as do Elsa and Anna. They are stories that adults often ignore, scoff at, or dismiss as irrelevant or passing fads. But the youth we work with often identify with these and other stories. We could be missing out on an opportunity to allow youth to tell their stories in their own way by not joining them in their experience with the stories that are important to them. We need to be more curious and go beyond asking youth about their day-to-day lives to build rapport.

Successful adult-youth connections depend on adults showing true interest in what a youth cares about.  One way we can do this is by giving youth permission to use their chosen narratives to share their world with us. The responsibility is on us to learn about these narratives and to join with youth in “meaning-making.” As we validate and respect their interests and insights, we can use these stories and characters to guide youth through difficult times and towards their goals.

In this training, you will explore the importance of looking at the adult-youth relationship as cross-cultural. This includes thinking of our experiences and the culture we identified with as a youth.  We will also discuss how to go beyond conversations that use phrases like “relaxation strategies” and learn to make room for The Avengers or Boggarts to achieve the same objective: to walk alongside a young person while they grow. This training is designed for any individual working with youth, regardless of setting (clinical or non-clinical, residential or community based).

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the importance of a cross-cultural framework when engaging youth
  • Explore ways to utilize pop culture in both clinical and non-clinical settings
  • Identify opportunities to use cross-cultural youth work in your own practice
  • Identify ways to continue this conversation in your organization or agency

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Presenter

Emily Terrell, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, has worked with youth in various settings. Currently the program manager for The Link’s POWER program that serves justice-involved girls in Hennepin County, Emily’s previous experiences include working as a counselor in mental health clinical and school-based settings, as well as a high school athletics coach and faith-based youth group leader. Additionally, Emily and her husband are long-time mentors to a phenomenal young man who is a recent graduate of Minneapolis North High School.


Emily earned a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. Before joining The Link, Emily worked for Relate Counseling Center and The Bridge for Youth. Exemplifying her work with youth is one of her favorite quotes, “From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory into thickets of wildest guesswork.”

Focus Area


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

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded June 22, 2017
  • 2 Hour 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.
  • This training will count as 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.
  • Please note: there is explicit language and mature content in the Kendrick Lamar video that is played during the training. 

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