In April and May, SRAE providers presented on material they have developed and material they are still working on. Since SRAE is still a fairly new initiative, work group meetings also offered providers the opportunity to introduce themselves, their agencies, and the services they provide. Thanks to all for sharing ideas and resources!
Work Group meeting – April 20 (recording)
Jennifer Quick, City of Rochester, presented a plan for a pilot “Caregiver and Me Circle,” a small group of caregivers and youth coming together and discussing puberty and other challenging topics. Several video clips and written material were explored.
Kerslie Valerio, BronxWorks, presented a video she produced for young people on keeping your mind active (during quarantine and other times).
Ways to Keep Your Mind Active (video)
meeting – April 27 (recording)
Marissa St.Onge, Caitlyn Miller, and Tyler Julian of Oswego County Opportunities presented on their SRAE work in rural Oswego County. They also shared material they developed for several social media platforms.
meeting – May 11 (recording)
Vickie Allen, Najua Baaith-Mercado, and Victor Norflee of
Action for a Better Community in Rochester presented on their current virtual
group meetings, including a gardening group.
Work Group meeting
– May 18 (recording)
Elafteria Kopanos and Amrita Seegobind of the Leadership
Training Institute presented on their virtual group meetings and topics,
introducing a new virtual platform: ClassDojo.
Work Group meeting
– May 26 (recording)
Keila Jimenez, Committee for Hispanic Families and
Children, discussed their virtual weekly meeting schedule, highlighting
partnerships such as a collaboration with a local bodega to provide food
supplies for a weekly virtual cooking class.
Starting June 1 the training calendar will look a little different. First, we’ll launch a few new work groups and move all work groups to a bi-weekly meeting schedule. We will also offer one of our regular one-day trainings, Introducing a Trauma-Informed Approach, online via a series of webinars.
New Work Groups
Peer Educator Training: As a follow-up to Teresa Casullo’s webinar Growing Youth Educators, this work group will focus on developing training material for youth peer educators, sharing and refining training materials already developed, and contributing to a training manual. Teresa Casullo and Michele Luc will host this work group.
Media Platforms: This work group will provide a forum for providers who are
exploring and beginning to use virtual meeting and social media platforms. It
will give participants an opportunity to practice basic functions of various virtual
meeting/social media platforms and obtain insights and advice from more experienced
peers. This work group will be hosted by Heather and Marisol.
Component 2 (SRAE
& CAPP): This work group will focus on developing and sharing workshop
material dedicated to Component 2 programming. Topic areas may include life
skills, financial literacy, career exploration, digital literacy, citizenship, and
relationship and communication skills. This group will also explore how
programming can be done virtually since youth summer programs will be closed.
The work group will be hosted by Jutta.
Existing work groups will continue on a bi-weekly schedule. The
current SRAE work group will merge with the Component 2 work group.
Moving Trainings Online
Usually, in June we offer a one-day training: Introducing a
Trauma-Informed Approach. Since we are not able to do any face-to-face
trainings for a while, we are creating a virtual training, a series of 3
webinars beginning June 16. Please join us for:
- Understanding Trauma and its Impact
- Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach
- Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into
Remember to register for any meeting or webinar you want to attend. You’ll find the registration links on the training calendar.
Any additional ideas for online trainings?
Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas or
recommendations for additional online training topics. Thanks.
Since we are all working from home and much of our regular
work is suspended for the time being, we have a rare opportunity for
professional development and collaborative work. So at the all-provider
learning community meeting this past Tuesday, the TA Team introduced new
vehicles for moving forward: online work groups and a book/article club.
In the learning
community meeting Heather also went over basics for Zoom meetings from the
perspective of participants (00:53 – 08:07) and Michele reported on the results
of last week’s survey (08:44 – 22:34). Here is the recording,
and here are the
PDF slides – you’ll also find them on the Shared
the SRAE Work Group?
The goal of the SRAE work group is to collaboratively prepare
for future programming. The SRAE work group will meet weekly with Jutta
facilitating. Participants will work on projects in between sessions and
present their work the following week. We are starting with one group for SRAE,
but if there is interest we could split into additional topic areas.
You can register for group meetings directly from the training
The work group is voluntary, but we hope you’ll actively
join in! If we can judge by the chat response at our recent meeting, folks seem
enthusiastic about taking this on.
What is the Reading Club?
On Fridays we would like to introduce a new professional development opportunity: a book/article discussion group open to SRAE, CAPP, and PREP. We’ll send articles around and facilitate a discussion on the readings. We won’t present on or review the material—we ask you to read the articles first, then we’ll use our time on Friday to discuss how it applies to our work. If you have an article you’d like to share, please let us know! Check back here for links to the first readings.
~ The TA Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather