This one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with an increased understanding of positive youth/human development principles leading to strategies that they can utilize to:
- Build stronger relationships with youth and their families,
- Manage youth behaviors during programming in developmentally appropriate ways, and
- Structure the program space for youth success.
This workshop aligns with core knowledge and competencies for youth work professionals that have been developed by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN).
The NAA core knowledge content areas addressed:
- Family, School and Community Relationships: Builds on respectful, reciprocal relationships across settings to promote optimal development for children, youth and families and to enhance the quality of afterschool and youth services.
- Interactions with Children and Youth: Recognizes the importance of relationships and communication in the practice of quality child and youth care, and implements guidance techniques and strategies to support children and youth individually and in group experiences to develop self-regulation, self-concept, coping mechanisms, and positive interactions with their peers and adults.
Intended Audience: youth work professionals, particularly those who work directly with youth