May 2020 Calendar

The full May Training Calendar is now online, chock full of selections for your professional development during quarantine. Register through the calendar by clicking on any event that catches your eye.

I want to highlight a special web meeting that will presented for us by Regina Firpo-Triplett of dFusion/ETR: Introducing SkillFlix. SkillFlix is a web-based application specifically designed for educators who teach sexual health to adolescents. It is centered around a streaming library of brief videos that model critical educator skills and micro-skills using real-life scenarios. The scenarios focus on answering sensitive questions and being inclusive of LGBTQ youth. This virtual professional development tool will be made available to SRAE, CAPP, and PREP, from mid-May through mid-July only. Register for the May 14, 2pm Introducing SkillFlix meeting to find out more and learn how to access this excellent—but time-limited–resource.

Also, the popular Reading Club is back beginning May 15. We will post reading selections (and sometimes a video) each Monday on the blog. If you have articles to suggest, please let us know any time!

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta

First Week of May: Virtual Provider Meeting!

We had to postpone this year’s provider meeting in Albany, but thanks to your colleagues’ willingness to step up we are bringing you a Virtual Provider Meeting! During the first week in May, everyone is welcome to choose from any of the offerings below, or come to them all. There is no limit on the number of staff who may participate. (With so many other choices, there will not be a meeting of the reading club this week.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

9:30 AM

Findings from the Adolescent Sexual Health Research Study

Presented by Amanda Purington, ACT for Youth
Join Mandy for a deep dive into what we learned from young people and practitioners in New York State.

Register here for Findings from the Adolescent Sexual Health Research Study.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

9:00 AM

ACEs and Resiliency

Presented by Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth
The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) changed how we think about trauma and support for people who have experienced or live with trauma. Similarly, resiliency studies have altered how we understand people’s ability to overcome adversity. In this webinar we will draw on key findings of both investigations to identify themes and strategies that will help us support young people as they navigate the traumatic experiences of living through the COVID-19 crisis.

Register here for ACEs and Resiliency.

10:30 AM

Self-Care and Other Things You Don’t Have Time For

Presented by Heather Wynkoop Beach, ACT for Youth
In the everyday world, self-care can easily become an afterthought. Seven weeks into a global pandemic, it is right up there with food, shelter, and Netflix. Spend an hour with us learning small–and maybe even some unconventional–self-care strategies to help you make it through.

Register here for Self-Care and Other Things You Don’t Have Time For.

2:00 PM

Panel: Current Social Media Outreach Efforts

Presented by staff from Community Health Care Network, AIDS Community Resources, St. Lawrence Health, and Center for Community Alternatives
Find examples of how providers are using social media here: https://bit.ly/capp-prep-social-media

Register here for Current Social Media Outreach Efforts.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM

Growing Youth Educators: Teaching Beyond the “Manual”

Presented by Teresa Casullo, CAPP Manager Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Region 2 (formerly Hudson Peconic)
The goal of the session is to provide professionals who work with peer educators or youth groups the space to learn how to deepen training and support for our most valuable resource: young people, and adequately prepare them with the skills and confidence to respond to the broad range of informational and value-based questions they may encounter. Both seasoned and new youth group leaders are welcome to learn and share experiences.

Register here for Growing Youth Educators.

10:30 AM

Talking Pleasure: Creating Opportunities in Sex Education to Incorporate Pleasure

Presented by Ema Eyasmin (she/her), Youth Programs Coordinator, and
Dolores Polanco (she/her), Senior Sexuality Educator,
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
This workshop will share innovative strategies Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s Education and Training Department has used to create spaces outside of traditional workshop settings for meaningful discussions about pleasure. We will share how activities, such as interactive games, and programming, such as our “pop-up”-shops-styled outreach and our TED-talk-styled college tours allowed us to engage youth in pleasure and sexual health conversations. Participants will also develop one idea to incorporate pleasure into their own programming.

Register here for Talking Pleasure.

2:00 PM

Building Bridges: Fostering Positive Youth Development Through School and Community Engagement

Presented by Genesis Ramos and Margot Balzer, Hudson River Health Care
Positive youth development requires a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach in order to close gaps and create enabling environments. In this workshop the importance of school and community engagement will be discussed, as well as best practices in achieving successful engagement. Ways to be responsive during COVID-19 will be discussed as well. Participants will also explore why working together enhances programmatic outcomes beyond grant requirements and organizational missions.

Register here for Building Bridges.

Reading Club Selection for April 24, 2020

We’re switching it up this week and have a documentary as well as an article for discussion:

  • Let’s Talk About Sex, This 2009 film reveals U.S. attitudes toward adolescent sexuality and the price paid by young people for our unwillingness to talk honestly about sex.

We have a lot to talk about! Remember to register for the meeting.

~ Karen

There’s No Place Like Home: How to Make “Working Remotely” Work for You

It’s been between 3-4 weeks since the majority of us have been working remotely. While this has had an impact on many facets of our lives, let’s focus on our work lives in this post. How do you navigate the unique dynamics of working from home, especially if you’re not alone? There are several challenges related to working remotely such as limited access to files or curricular materials, noise and distractions from those within and outside of your home, and having to deal with health concerns—your own and/or those of your loved ones. Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a calendar/routine: This is especially important if you have multiple people in the home and have to share space and/or technology. While our current reality is anything but “normal,” try to promote a sense of normalcy by doing what you used to do before while also establishing some new routines (e.g. shower and get dressed as if you were going into the office—YES, I said get dressed, no matter how tempting it may be to stay in your PJs, schedule and enjoy your meals and breaks, check your emails and use a calendar to keep track of all of your work meetings and activities). If sharing space/technology, you may want to do this for everyone in your home to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  2. Find/create a space at home to work: Acknowledging that this may be difficult if space is limited and there are multiple people in your home, try to find a neutral space with few distractions (for you and for those that will see you on video). If you’re on several virtual meetings, you want to find an area that is well-lit and not too far from your router so that you get a strong connection. Make sure your seating is comfortable, but not too comfortable…I know the recliner is really tempting.
  3. Step up your technology game: Since more of us are working online, we’re seeing the good side of technology (e.g. being able to connect with friends and family for virtual hang-out sessions) and the not-so-good side of technology (e.g. Zoom Bombing). Take this time to learn the basics of some commonly used platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, as well as some newer ways that people are connecting like Houseparty.
  4. Establish boundaries: Working from home means that it’s easier to get your day started, but it might also make it harder for you to end your day. It’s important to establish boundaries by letting people (including your family, colleagues, etc.) know when you’re working and when you’re off the clock. Most importantly, when you’re off…you’re off! Disconnect from work and reconnect with your actual “home life.”
  5. Be gentle with yourself: As mentioned previously, there is nothing normal about what we are collectively experiencing. So, don’t expect to fall into “work as usual” mode so quickly. Allow yourself time to find your groove in our new reality and, don’t just forgive yourself for making mistakes, but expect them. Lastly, explore new self-care options: take an online dance, yoga, or fitness class, listen to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks, take on the those long overdue home improvement projects, experiment with some new recipes or reconnect with loved ones that you’ve lost touch with.
Michele Luc smiling

~ Michele

Reading Club Selection for April 17, 2020

Our first reading club meeting was a big hit! Though Jutta may have broken out into a bit of a sweat trying to put everyone in and out of small groups, it was great to actually lay eyes on so many people and hear your voices and your insights. Don’t forget to register for this week’s meeting and save some time for the readings:

1. From Public Seminar: The Performance of Transgender Inclusion

2. From Teaching Tolerance: Being There for Nonbinary Youth

Hope to see everyone there!

Do you have suggestions for SRAE/CAPP/PREP reading club selections on adolescent development, adolescent sexual health, or positive youth development? Put them in the comments, and be sure to include a link!

Karen Schantz smiling

~ Karen

First Selection for the Reading Club!

For our first reading club discussion (which will be April 10 at 11:00), we’re taking a suggestion raised at a provider learning collaborative meeting:

Peggy Orenstein: The Miseducation of the American Boy
In this Atlantic article, Orenstein — who interviewed over 100 boys and young men for her new book — considers why we need to give boys new and better models of masculinity.

If you want to go deeper… (optional)

  • About Boys
    ACT for Youth web page with additional resources

Happy reading! Don’t forget to register for the discussion!

Introducing Work Groups and Reading Club

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 Resources page.

What is 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 calendar.

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.

ACT for Youth Training Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather

~ The TA Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather

Online Professional Development: Things You Can Do in April!

Leaders of Learning: This course on learning theories is offered by EdX: HarvardX. Faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education facilitate this course until mid-June. It is free; work load 4-6 hours per week; a certificate can be purchased. Starts today.

Staying Connected: How to Foster Student SEL Growth Through Remote Learning: Youth Communications will offer this interactive seminar on Thursday, April 2, 3:00-4:00. The seminar will explore the methods and strategies educators are using to stay connected with students and foster SEL growth during this time.

2020 National Service-Learning Conference: The National Youth Leadership Council is sponsoring this free, virtual conference April 16-17Register by April 13. Session topics range from youth voice and civic engagement to education equity and reflection.

Motivational Interviewing – Enhancing Engagement & Improving Conversations: This is a two-part webinar, taking place on Monday, April 20 & Wednesday, April 22. You must register separately for each event. This interactive, online training will review and make relevant the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will explore how and when to employ this evidence-based practice to support behavior change. Tailored case scenarios will be used to provide hands on, in real time, practice opportunities focusing on substance-misuse-prevention conversations.

Have fun! Stay tuned for more opportunities!

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta

Welcome to The Commons!

The Commons–our brand new blog for SRAE providers–is intended as a gathering place for you all. We are launching it now, during the time of COVID-19, to strengthen our collective ability to connect with each other online.

We plan to post information and resources here, and we invite you to join in by commenting and writing guest posts. Consider The Commons a tool for sharing your expertise, ideas, and questions with your colleagues throughout the SRAE initiative.

Please post a hello in the comments to get us started! Posts will be moderated (that’s just to prevent spam). Subsequent posts should appear right away.

Stay safe, healthy, and creative–and remember we’re in this with you.

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta