In our first work group meeting, co-facilitator Teresa Casullo shared information about PPGNY’s Teens Helping Teens group in Schenectady, including their community work, retreats, and other activities, as well as an example of a virtual meeting.Teens Helping Teens – PPGNY peer educatorsDOWNLOAD
In our June 17th meeting, Kailin Kucewicz shared detailed information about her peer education group, Peer Educators Empowering People. Her presentation included a description of the group, the PSA development process, PEEPs virtual activities and events, and nuts and bolts about how the group is run.Peer Educators Empowering People – NACSDOWNLOAD
At a time when face-to-face trainings are not feasible, please join us for a series of webinars exploring positive youth development (PYD) and its core principles and strategies. Drawing from the PYD 101 training curriculum we will introduce updated material and new resources. Although the PYD 101 training was developed with professionals new to the field of youth work in mind, it may serve as a good refresher for experienced youth work professionals.
July 7 at 10:00AM – PYD I: Foundations
In this webinar we will define positive youth development and explore key theoretical frameworks and research findings. We will also summarize the current understanding of adolescent development.
July 10 at 10:00AM – PYD II: Positive Youth Development Outcomes
One important principle of PYD is to focus on building positive youth outcomes instead of preventing or fixing problematic behavior. We will take a look at different outcome models. In addition, we will discuss and practice strategies for building positive outcomes through a strength-based approach.
July 14 at 10:00AM – PYD III: Youth Voice and Engagement
Another key principle of PYD is youth voice and engagement. We will explore ways to provide young people with meaningful roles and responsibilities. Authentic youth engagement, however, does not happen without addressing barriers such as adultism and other forms of adult resistance.
6/18/19 UPDATE – NOTE NEW DATE. This meeting will be held on June 26 rather than June 19, due to the Juneteenth holiday.
This week we turn to the topic of the effects of smart phones on young people. We have two articles. The first one makes large claims about the negative effects of smart phones, especially for mental health. The second is, in part, a critique of that view.
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!
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.
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.
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.
To many of us our 6/5 discussion of this interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (main conversation starts 15 minutes in) felt like it just scratched the surface, so we are adding a meeting on Friday, 6/12, 11-12, to continue the discussion.
If you missed the first meeting, don’t hesitate to join us for this one. One topic to consider (though the discussion will not be limited to this):
Are there ways we can help young people connect across racial/ethnic lines?
What support or preparation do we need to do this?
Join us–I’m sure we will have another rich conversation! Register here.
This week our selection is a video rather than a reading–an interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. The former president of Spelman College, Dr. Tatum is author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Next to Each Other in the Cafeteria?, a book that many of us also highly recommend! Originally published in 1997, it has been updated for our time in a 20th anniversary edition.
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.