Recorded on Thursday, April 4, 2019
2 hour training
FREE for YIPA members
$40 for non-YIPA members
Many youth don’t know what their rights are, and adults often don’t acknowledge youth rights in conversations and situations. This prevents youth from learning when and how to appropriately advocate for themselves. And they’ll still need strong allies to help sort things out. As a youth worker, you need to be aware of the law and youth rights but you also need to learn the limits of your support. Even if you are aware of a youth’s rights, you may not be the best source of support and may not know how to connect youth with other resources.
Youth need you to be the strongest ally you can be. Equipping yourself with basic knowledge of the rights of youth helps build stronger bonds of trust. By helping youth advocate for themselves within their rights, you empower them. Supporting them to wield their voices and navigate systems gives them greater confidence to manage nearly any aspect of their lives better. Knowing the boundaries and strengths of your role as well as how to collaborate with other professionals allows you to provide the best possible support.
Join us to learn about the rights youth have in various settings and contexts. You’ll come to recognize the scope of your support and your capacity for cultural responsiveness. That will help you recognize when it’s time to collaborate with other professionals and how to do so. You’ll gain resources to assist youth in understanding their rights, so you can encourage your youth to self-advocate.
Your Learning Objectives
- Understand the basic legal rights youth have in their family, school, and community
- Learn to help youth understand how to advocate for themselves within their rights
- Recognize when and how to refer to and collaborate with other professionals
- Assess your capacity for cultural responsiveness; recognize when a different provider might be more helpful to the youth based on cultural connection or competency
- Integrate knowledge of youth rights into your practice
Katie Olson is the Director of Training in the Zero Abuse Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Katie develops training curricula focused on trauma and resiliency, secondary trauma, trauma-informed care in legal systems, and practical skills for professionals in the child welfare and related fields. Since 2012, Katie has been a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, representing children in foster care in their child protection cases. Previously, Katie was an Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education, where she investigated reports of maltreatment in MN public schools and served as the program’s training coordinator. Katie has worked as a judicial law clerk, family law attorney, youth program director, family advocate, and PCA.
Katie received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and completed her undergraduate work in family social science and violence prevention at the University of Minnesota.
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 Thursday, April 4, 2019
- 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. Join now or learn more.