Collective For Youth

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Youth Work Methods Workshops 

Presented by Gwyn Williams and LaRon Henderson, these interactive and hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth. These trainings are designed to empower direct-staff or anyone interested in working with youth with tools that will increase the quality of their work with youth. Anyone in the community is welcome to sign up. 
*Registration is required for each workshop. 

Youth Work Methods Workshops are held at: Collective for Youth Training Space, 105 North 31 Avenue, Omaha, NE
CFY Contact:    402-932-2025

Youth Work Methods 101 Workshops
 *Each 101 workshop is 10.00 per person.

Youth Voice and Planning & Reflection

Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9 am- 1
Youth Voice– Research shows that quality programs in-corporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. 
Planning & Reflection-Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy to use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects. Registration is Required.

Building Community and Structure & Clear Limits
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9 am- 1
Building Community– Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.
Structure & Clear Limits– Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.  Registration is required.

Active Learning and Cooperative Learning
Friday, October 26, 2018 from 9 am -1
Active Learning: Do you know the difference between active learning and hands-on learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the “ingredients” of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.
Cooperative Learning: Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering. Registration is required.

Ask-Listen-Encourage and Reframing Conflict
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 9 am-1
Ask-Listen-Encourage- Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise. 
Reframing Conflict- This interactive workshop introduces participants to the High/Scope step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution. Registration is required.

Have you already attended our Youth Work Methods Series? Take it to the next level with our Youth Work Methods 201 Series!

Youth Work Methods 201   *Each 201 workshop is 25.00 per person. 

Understanding Social & Emotional Attitudes in a Culturally Diverse Workplace
Friday, September 21, 2018 from 9 am-11
In this workshop participants will explore their own emotional attitudes towards culture. Recognize his or her own stereotypes and biases, Gain knowledge of Social & Emotional Attitudes and History. Become aware of other’s perceptions and how to navigate within the workplace. Registration is required.

Understanding Your Mood
October 19, 2018 from 9 am-11
Your emotions are crucial to your ability to adapt to the challenges of your daily life. When you feel good, you are able to shrug off even the most burdensome of tasks, but when you are miserable, you view even an enjoyable activity with a sense of gloom and doom. Emotions also affect our relationships with others. The outward display of inner feelings influences how we are regarded by others, but also that these emotional displays are heavily dependent on cultural norms.  To be regarded as a well-adapted member of society we need to adhere to those norms or risk condemnation or ridicule. Come learn how to understand your mood. Registration is required.

Quality Coaching- How to Make Conversations Meaningful and Productive
Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 9 am-11
Through this highly interactive management level workshop, you will explore effective strategies and techniques used to coach others on how to improve the way they work with children/youth. You will utilize reflective practice skills to enhance your supervision and consultative strategies to empower your staff to reach higher levels of performance. You will experience this training’s three central concepts of respect, observe and support. The idea is to maximize productivity in your coaching-staff relationships by starting with a foundation of respect, taking time for you to observe staff at the point-of-service, and then to support staff to develop a specific plan of action. Registration is required.

Reframing Behavior Management: The Next Level
Friday, January 18, 2019 from 9 am-11
Do you struggle with managing challenging behaviors of the youth in your program? Would you like to learn a way to facilitate youths’ self-management skills when they misbehave? This interactive and fun training expands on strategies in the Reframing Conflict training to show you how to approach ALL youth behavior as opportunities for youth to learn responsibility, emotion management and problem-solving skills. Walk away with practical strategies you can use immediately!

Are the youth in your program polite, well behaved and cooperative? Do you sometimes struggle with behavioral issues and maybe even conflict? Many times, we treat the symptom of the problem; we take action for bad behavior by implementing punishment or negative reinforcement. However, what if there was an alternative way to address these problems? By creating a culture of high expectations and positive community, we can shape behavior before it becomes an issue. Come and learn techniques to build an environment that supports positive behavior by raising the cultural vibration in OST! Registration is required.

Youth Culture 101
Friday, February 15, 2019 from 9 am-11
During this training, you will learn the definition of global learning and global competence in out-of-school time. The activities in this training will lead you to understand the characteristics of both a globally competent young person and a globally competent OST practitioner, and how these characteristics are essential in today’s world. You will examine your own personal connection to global themes as well as those of your program, and learn ways to leverage these connections to help young people expand their horizons. Registration is required.

Navigating the Lesson Plan
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9 am-11
Ah! The lesson plan. As out-of-school time (OST) professionals, you have been challenged to rise to the demands of an evolving field, and this includes the development of lesson plans. Learn how to complete an effective lesson plan by infusing the key components necessary to make your activities come to life. Learn the why behind each component, and how to build a lesson plan that works best for you. Whether you are new to writing lesson plans, or looking to brush up your skills, this training will help you to improve your lesson plan writing skills. Registration is required.