This one-day workshop, based on the Youth Program Quality Intervention — a comprehensive system for improving program quality — is designed to provide a framework for youth work based on research and best/promising practices. The workshop emphasizes the use of effective strategies to enhance the positive environment in youth programs, including establishing developmentally appropriate structure, supporting the development of healthy relationships, creating effective dialogue and feedback, and managing conflict.
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:
- Learning Environments and Curriculum: Create a high-quality learning environment and implements age appropriate curricula and program activities
- 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 serving professionals, particularly those who work directly with youth