Strategies for Working with Diverse Youth

bulletIn-Person Training, Marshall, MN

bulletTuesday, July 24, 2018

bullet11:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Time (Lunch Provided)

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$80 for non-YIPA members

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No matter where they live and grow up, diverse youth face unique challenges simply because of their identity. Many adults misunderstand diversity, don’t know how to connect with and support diverse youth, or worse, consciously, or unconsciously marginalize them. Diversity is too often viewed through a negative lens, leading to a lack of equity and inclusion that can harm a young person.

Your ability to bridge that gap by breaking down stigmas and building connections with diverse youth will help build relationships and resiliency that ensure equity and inclusion. Knowing how to set aside your own assumptions and ask them how they want to be supported is powerful. With diversity tools in your toolbox, you can more effectively meet the needs of all youth, no matter the kind of diversity.

Hear directly from a diverse panel of youth about their experiences and learn from their perspective what support they would have appreciated from a caring adult. Their insights will help you create more welcoming and inclusive spaces. You’ll first examine diversity through the lens of youth aging out of foster care, then move beyond the world of foster care to consider diversity in any situation. You’ll walk away with proven strategies other youth workers have successfully used with diverse youth in rural Minnesota that can be applied anywhere.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the diversity of youth in the foster care system and the challenges they face
  • Recognize the challenges diverse youth may encounter in their local communities
  • Gain strategies to foster authentic connection and inclusion to improve outcomes for all youth
  • Use the insights provided by the youth panel to add or strengthen youth voice in your program

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Trainers

After working in Adult Foster Care for nearly 20 years, Craig Wilson made the switch to working with youth that have experienced an out-of-home placement or are aging out of the foster care system. As a SELF and Extended Foster Care worker with Southwest Health and Human Services, Craig has had the opportunity to work with and teach independent living skills to foster care youth in both a group setting and in a more personalized 1 to 1 setting. He has also attended the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Conference for the last 4 years with youth which has allowed him to experience the diversity of foster care youth throughout the state.

Samira Bakari Sheikh was born in Somalia and came to the US in the early 90’s as a refugee. Samira is the refugee resettlement case manager at United Community Action Partnership. She holds a B.A. in Social Work from Southwest MN State University and has been providing services to the Somali community since before she even graduated high school. Committed to service, she has gone on to assist refugees of all ages, from many countries, to reunite their families in the US. Ms. Sheikh has also served youth, adults, and families in her area with homelessness services, among other services.

Kou Thao was born in Laos and came to the US in the early 90’s as a refugee. After a few years in central California, his family  moved to rural southwest Minnesota where he spent most of his childhood. In 2014, Kou graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Social Work degree and today works as a homeless youth case manager at United Community Action Partnership.

Kou’s work as a homeless youth case manager allows him to advocate for the youth in the southwest region. He enjoys working with young individuals as he believes investing in our younger generation creates a positive outlook for our future. More importantly, understanding them helps our communities come together.

Focus Area


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

Logistics

  • In-Person Training, Marshall, MN
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Time (Lunch will be provided for you)
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $80 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 4 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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