All of these trainings are FREE to YIPA Members, learn how to become a member here.

We understand your need for training but also recognize the multiple demands placed on you. The day has come when time, money and/or geography no longer stop you or your staff from being highly trained youth intervention workers. We have reduced if not completely eliminated those barriers for you.

Here are just few ways to use our on-demand trainings:

  • If only a few staff need training on a topic, they can consume it on their terms and share feedback with each other or during supervision time.
  • If multiple staff members need training on a particular issue, have them watch it ahead of time and discuss it at a staff meeting.
  • If the entire staff needs additional training on an issue, use a staff development day and watch it together at a time that best fits your organization. You can even pause the recorded training to provide time for staff discussion.


MOBILE1All of YIPA’s trainings that are part of our on demand library can be viewed by a mobile device. Yes, you can watch any training on your iPad, iPhone, Android or Blackberry. It’s simple to do: Just download the free Adobe Connect Mobile app on your mobile device. Click here to learn more about Adobe Connect Mobile and download the free app.

Equity and Inclusion in Youth Work

Recorded January 10, 2018

In this training, you will gain insight into what it means to embrace equity and inclusion in your own approach, in your programs, and throughout the policies and practices of your organization. You will also be challenged personally to see your work through the lens of diversity to improve your service to all youth. Join us for this important training.

Positive Youth Development in Talking About Sexuality Topics

Recorded November 16, 2017

By watching this training, you will explore the intersectionality of positive youth development and how to comfortably talk about sexuality topics in your role as a youth worker. You’ll leave with increased understanding of how positive youth development practices and authentic partnerships with youth can have a huge impact on how they learn and grow into sexually healthy young adults.

Teen Brain Development & Risk for Substance Abuse

Recorded October 30, 2017

This training will provide up-to-date information about trends and the effects of drug and alcohol use/abuse on brain development. By taking this training you will increase your knowledge and confidence in your work and learn effective methods that help youth make positive choices about behaviors that affect their development.

What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

Recorded October 26, 2017

Roughly 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States. These eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender, age, race, or culture and youth-serving organizations certainly encounter youth struggling in this area. By viewing this training, you will gain a basic understanding of eating disorders.

Your Role in Retaining Great Youth Workers

Recorded October 18, 2017

Retaining great youth workers has measurable benefits; it creates stability for youth, lowers turnover-related costs, and develops a vital store of institutional knowledge. In this training you will learn the negative consequences of high staff turnover and the benefits of youth worker retention. You will learn to identify barriers to retention and strategies for supporting new youth workers.

Supporting Youth Living With Tourette Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recorded July 27, 2017

In this training, you will learn to identify common characteristics associated with Tourette syndrome and useful strategies to meet the needs of youth living with TS. In addition, you’ll learn tips for working with youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Recorded June 9, 2017

By participating in this training, you will learn why some youth do what they do and how you can intervene to help them. Be the best you can be and learn about the ACEs study and its implications for your work.

Engaging Youth via Pop Culture

Recorded June 22, 2017

In this training, you will explore the importance of looking at the adult-youth relationship as cross-cultural. This includes discussing 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.

Advocacy to the Next Level

Recorded December 19, 2017

From this one hour interview with two Minnesota state legislators, one Republican and one Democrat, you will develop a better understanding of how to be a good advocate for youth. This is the time for action to drive the change we need.  This training presents a unique opportunity to learn how to take action effectively.

The Trials and Tribulations of Adolescence

Recorded December 19, 2017

Using a conversational format, this one hour training will explore the trials and tribulations associated with adolescence and help you gain a better understanding of this crucial developmental stage. Upon completion, you will be better equipped to guide young people into adulthood.

Suicide Prevention Steps Youth Workers Need to Know

Recorded February 9, 2017

Participate in this one hour QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention training to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to address warning signs and behaviors that signal imminent danger. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States and more than one million people have been trained. The youth you work with need you to be trained in suicide prevention.

Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

Recorded January 6, 2017

This training will provide you with an understanding of  the cycle of self-sabotaging behaviors. It will offer practical approaches that will prepare you to effectively support youth as they are working on changing behaviors. These strategies will help maintain that vital component in successful youth work, which is trust and respect between youth and youth worker.

LGBTQ Foundations: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills

Recorded December 1, 2017

By watching this training you’ll have an opportunity to dig into LGBTQ vocabulary and how privilege impacts the LGBTQ community. It also provides you with a safe space to ask specific questions you are interested in and discuss challenges within your organization in creating an inclusive program. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ community.

Youth Violence

Recorded May 2016

The experience of abuse sets the child up for the kind of “risky thinking” that leads to chronic patterns of aggression, bad behavior, acting out and violating the rights of others that can lead to a diagnosis of “conduct disorder.” The keys to the socialization of early aggression are “cognitive structuring” (the ideas about aggression) and “behavioral rehearsal” (practice with aggressive behavior). The more socially toxic (and traumatic) the environment in which childhood and adolescence occur, the more likely it is that childhood conduct disorder will translate into adolescent violence.

Opioid Overdoses and Naloxone

Recorded April 2016

More than 28,000 people died in 2014 from the misuse of opioids, which includes prescription opioid pain relievers (e.g. Vicodin) and heroin. This was more than any year on record. Opioids are now the Goliath of the drug world; more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.

Preparing Youth to Thrive Through Social and Emotional Learning

Recorded March 2016

Social and emotional learning is difficult work. It requires thinking and talking about ongoing emotions and relationships, topics that are complicated and sometimes taboo. SEL is deep, powerful, and can be quite personal. In each of the eight programs that participated in the SEL Challenge, SEL work goes hand-in-hand with complicated and engaging work projects— like creating a community service project or building a boat. All of this, of course, happens among youth who sometimes struggle dealing with everyday life as a teenager in a risky world.

How to be a Good Advocate for Youth

FREE Webinar

Recorded February 2016

Too many of our youth are falling through the cracks because there is not enough support for Youth Intervention work. When our youth fail, our communities must deal with increased crime, an inadequately trained workforce and a lot of wasted taxpayer money. Most importantly, it is morally wrong to not make sure that youth have access to the support we know can help them to thrive.

Youth/Adult Partnerships

Recorded February 2016

Positive youth/adult partnerships are the foundation for a quality youth programs. However, it is more than having your youth liking your youth workers. It is having youth and adults work together to produce positive developmental experiences.

Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Work

Recorded February 2017

As youth workers, we need to be prepared for that moment when we will confront an ethical dilemma in our work. Preparation requires an understanding of professional expectations and guidelines, as well as an awareness of your own principles. This training provides you with a fuller understanding of the multi-faceted process of resolving ethical challenges in your everyday work with young people.

Self-Care: Stay Happy and Healthy

Recorded January 2016

Self-care is essential for your success as a youth worker. When you are feeling healthy and happy, you enjoy working with youth more and you can handle difficult situations with greater confidence.

Text Me! Using Mobile Technology to Engage and Provide Training to Youth

Recorded January 2017

Staying in contact with the youth you serve often seems more difficult than actually providing the programs you offer to youth. This training will help you identify ways that you can efficiently use mobile technology to connect with and engage young people.

Confessions of a Gamer

Recorded on January 26, 2016

Most likely every youth you know plays video games. Is it any different than hanging out by watching a movie or listening to music? Whether you have never played a video game or regularly game, you will want to be part of this training.

Trauma Informed Care with Youth

Recorded on Thursday, November 12, 2015

It is estimated that more than 60% of youth age 17 and younger have been exposed to crime, violence and abuse either directly or indirectly. Then there are other forms of trauma a youth experiences when living in poverty. With this high prevalence, you may already be working with a youth who has experienced trauma or you will in the future.

Youth Empowerment

Recorded on December 10, 2015

Young people face what seem to be insurmountable roadblocks and injustices on a daily basis. For some odd reason, we have tried everything to fix the problem except for asking the folks who live the issues every day to take the lead in creating change and creating solutions. What we need to do is get young people involved in addressing the root causes of roadblocks and injustices they face.

Restorative Parenting

Recorded on October 14, 2015

For youth who experience trauma and violent living arrangements it can be extremely tough to break that cycle of violence. Parents (caregivers) typically don’t understand the need to restore or rebuild their relationship with their children who have been exposed, witnessed or directly affected by trauma or violence which hinders the prospect for positive change. The developmental processes of youth are affected in these cases. Too many young people continue to struggle as a result, but there is an intervention strategy that can help.

Telling Your Impact Story

Recorded on October 1, 2015

You know that telling stories about the work you do is critical to engaging stakeholders and raising money—so you probably tell a lot of stories. There are some incredible people doing amazing things in your program, but are your stories powerful enough? Do they explain your impact and compel others to take action? Telling Your Impact Story Webinar will help you get clear on how to tell organizational stories with purpose.

Clique Banging: The Evolution of Gangs in America

Recorded in April, 2015

The trajectory of gangs is becoming quite alarming. Whereas in the past, there was a form of hierarchy that pervaded the entire existence, nowadays, many are becoming “renegades” or forming their own “cliques”. These cliques have all chiefs and no foot soldiers, which makes for a group of ill-informed, misguided boys and girls without any organizational laws that govern their behavior.

From At-Risk to “Untapped Potential”

Recorded in April 2015

From At-Risk to “Untapped Potential” is an active learning experience geared toward helping groups connect to youth who have been identified as difficult, non-compliant, or at-risk.

We Are All Criminals

Recorded in March 2015

One in four people in Minnesota has a criminal record. It’s a record that can have a profound and everlasting impact on someone’s life in terms of housing, employment, professional licensure, education, and more. Join us for a discussion about the true and often disparate impact of criminal records on Minnesotans and for an examination and challenge of the fairness and wisdom in those policies.

Understanding Teenage Substance Abuse and Current Drug Trends

Recorded in January, 2014

In today’s world to keep up with drug trends is nearly impossible. New drugs are popping up and old drugs are reappearing to a whole new generation. Let us help you grasp what’s really going on the world of substance abuse.

Mandated Reporting

Recorded in May 2014

This training is specific to Minnesota State Law, but the basic principles and intent of mandated reporter laws will apply to everyone working with youth.

It is your ethical and legal responsibility to report maltreatment of youth.  If you do not understand your legal responsibilities you are placing you and your organization at risk.  A thorough understanding of mandated reporting is critical in youth work yet it rarely gets the attention it deserves.  Find out what you MUST do when you suspect maltreatment by caregiver.

Maintaining Volunteer Motivation

Recorded in January 2014

Volunteers are a vital part of many youth-serving organizations. However, too often programs are left wondering how to best manage volunteers to get the outcomes they desire while providing a meaningful experience for their volunteers.