Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters
February is Black History Month. Different people celebrate and recognize Black History Month in different ways, and for all of us it is an opportunity to think about our own and others' cultural identities. In Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters participants explore identities and examine how they impact their interactions with youth. We examine and develop the concept of creating inclusive youth programs and discuss how a culturally responsive practice creates a sense of belonging and empowerment in young people. In a time when serious issues related to the achievement gap, bullying, and economy are pushing us to accentuate differences, finding pathways for real discussions with youth about culture and race are critically important.
In March and April the Youth Work Institute will offer Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters in Moorhead and in Minneapolis. If you have not had a chance to join the session, it is a great way to re-examine your attitudes and actions related to difference and spend time reflecting on how to do the same with youth in your programs.
Power-packed sessions in Moorhead and Brainerd
The Youth Work Institute is always seeking ways to provide greater access to youth development trainings throughout the state of Minnesota. This spring we are offering several opportunities for youth workers in greater MN to attend a power-packed couple of days that will include sessions from our popular Youth Engagement, Culturally Responsive Youth Work and Deliberate Practice Matters series. This pairing of offerings is not accidental; by attending this pair of trainings you will be able to walk away with powerful tools to engage youth in programming, gain a better understanding of current research and best practices as well as connect to helpful resources and supports for daily practice. We know that your time is limited and travel to trainings takes time away from planning, therefore we've scheduled these essential sessions on consecutive days so that people who want to attend both will have to travel only once. Of course you can register for just one of the classes, if that better meets your needs. We hope you'll join us!