Recorded on December 19, 2016
We all want our youth to succeed. But we continue to see many of our youth not having access to the type of support they need to become productive, contributing members of society. Without sufficient Youth Intervention services, as a society ultimately we will have to address their unmet needs through costly Adult Intervention services.
You have the skills and knowledge needed to create greater awareness of the need for services that address the developmental needs of youth. Now is the time for you to take the next step and use your skills and knowledge to ensure that change occurs. Youth need you to be both a good youth worker and a good advocate for youth work.
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.
Your Learning Objectives
- Understand the different perspectives between Democrats and Republicans
- Learn how elected officials prioritize issues given limited resources
- Discover what you can do to engage elected officials in supporting Youth Intervention
Representative Nick Zerwas is a Republican who represents District 30A in the Big Lake, Elk River, Otsego area. He is a lifelong resident of Elk River.
Nick was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his 3rd term. He currently serves on the Health and Human Services Finance committee, the Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance committee, and the Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee.
He graduated from Hamline University with a degree in biology and forensic science. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He has worked as a latent print examiner for the Anoka County Crime Lab, and for Target Corporation’s private forensic lab.
Nick presents the Republican perspective about the need for positive youth intervention. He offers great advice for how to meet with and influence your own legislators with your own personal stories and grassroots advocacy efforts as well as results that show the cost-effectiveness of youth programs.
Representative JoAnn Ward is a Democrat who represents District 53A in the Landfall, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury area. She has lived in Woodbury since 1974.
JoAnn was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012 and is now serving her 3rd term. She currently serves on the Education Innovation Policy committee, the Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee and the State Government Finance committee.
She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in education. She went on to earn her Masters in human resource development from the University of St. Thomas. JoAnn is a former high school teacher and business woman. JoAnn was also the Executive Director of the South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council for nine years.
JoAnn presents the Democratic perspective about developing strong relationships with your representatives. She offers insight and ideas for how to schedule time with your own legislators and stresses that one person can’t do it alone, it’s going to take the Youth Intervention community to be actively involved in sharing their stories and needs
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 THE FIELD OF YOUTH INTERVENTION.
Trainings presented in this focus area will expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.
- Online Training
- Recorded on December 19, 2016
- 1-Hour Training
- FREE for YIPA members and 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 1 CE hour for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions about submitting.