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Youth Work Matters Online

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Exploring the research behind positive youth development is critical to how we think about and work with young people. In this class you will create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. The content comes from a combination of real youth work experience and research-based material. This includes the approach to positive youth development, basic youth needs, ecological context, high quality programming, and youth worker expertise. Activities include both synchronized group time and individual learning. The course covers three aspects of youth work:

How it works

Each week a new set of modules will be available and open 24 hours a day. Setting aside the equivalent of one day per week is required to get the full professional development experience. Although the activities in each module (pre-recorded presentation, discussion boards, readings, etc.) can be completed "on your own time", it is expected that all participants keep up with the content for the appropriate week.

There are also opportunities to learn together as a group during 3 live webinars. Note: All webinars are recorded.

Participants can expect to

What you’ll have when you walk away

Technical requirements

Who should attend: Direct service providers, part-time staff and volunteers

Contacts: Kari Robideau and Karyn Santl

People who have taken this course say:

"Where do I start? This course has given me the language/skills/tools to intentionally develop programming that keeps the young people central and to intentionally enhance dual learning between adults and youth with process, dialogue, and decision making."

"This workshop made me take a look back in many different ways on how I interact and how I can work with youth. I think it helped me open up and see youth in a different perspective by making me remember what it was like to be young again. I also thought there were a few great pieces on working with adults and thinking about how we can program differently.  It moves me from assuming the responsibility of having to plan activities/programs in order to provide opportunities for the youth to experience leadership (service). One obstacle to overcome is the emphasis that has been put on numbers. So much pressure has been put on 4-H PCs to grow the program in this way. I will be more intentional about selling "quality" to the stakeholders rather than "quantity". There is a risk in this, but if we don't take it, we are doing a disservice to the youth and the stakeholders, because we will not produce the results that we are claiming."

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