The Impact of Implicit Bias in Youth Work

bulletIn-Person Training, Fargo, ND

bulletWednesday, August 28, 2019

bullet10:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Time – Lunch will be provided

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$100 for non-YIPA members

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Implicit bias can have an immense impact on the youth and communities you serve. It can derail good intentions and cause unwanted outcomes. Because implicit bias operates unconsciously, we need to be intentional about building the skill to recognize and address it. When implicit bias is at play in program spaces, young people may be excluded, insulted, or experience unequal access to opportunities. This can negatively impact their well-being and harm your relationship with them.

Your implicit bias is learned over time, and it will take intention, attention, and persistence over time to unlearn those old preferences. Becoming aware of the biases you hold and how they impact your decisions will help you craft strategies to ensure more equitable outcomes for youth. Role modeling this approach for youth and others will go a long way toward creating systemic change.

Join us for a deeper exploration of implicit bias and the impact it has on your work with young people. You’ll learn steps you can take and strategies you can use to reduce unwanted biases, engage in more equitable decision-making practices, and have more positive interactions with youth. Through group work and discussion, you’ll reinforce the new learning with the benefit of others’ experience and perspective.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Explore implicit bias and understand its meaning
  • Understand the impact of implicit bias
  • Learn and discuss strategies for managing your own implicit bias
  • Strengthen your ability to help others recognize and address implicit bias

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Your Trainers

Kelsey Keimig is the Program Coordinator for the Youth Cultural Achievement Program (YCAP) for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Kelsey’s current work involves decreasing minority youth contact with the juvenile justice system through reducing barriers for youth and families, as well as facilitating education and conversations around diversity and implicit bias in the community. In addition to her work with minority groups in her community, Kelsey also has a background in violence prevention and victim advocacy. She has conducted research on racial profiling, gendered violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Kelsey holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from North Dakota State University. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections at North Dakota State University. In addition to her work within criminal justice, Kelsey is also a certified self-defense instructor through Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.).

Joel Friesz is the Director of Youth Interventions for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Joel has worked in the field of Restorative Justice since 2005 and instantly felt a connection and passion for restorative processes. Joel and his team work with communities across North Dakota to implement restorative practices in schools, the juvenile justice system, adult corrections, placement facilities, and other community entities. Joel currently serves on the North Dakota Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, a position he has held since 2013. In 2016, Joel completed the Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program at Georgetown University. Joel is a nationally certified Green Dot Bystander Intervention Community Instructor for reducing power-based personal violence. In June 2017, Joel was elected to the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Leadership Team and currently serves as Treasurer. Joel holds a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from University of Mary.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: DIVERSITY.

Trainings presented in this focus area will raise your awareness to recognize and transcend your inherent biases, address your unconscious prejudice, and see cultural competency as an ongoing process of development.

Details

  • In-Person Training, Fargo, ND
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Time – Lunch will be provided
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $100 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
  • This training will count as 5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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