Engaging Youth via Pop Culture

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, June 22, 2017
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Great training with relevant stories and examples. Thank you!"

"I learned some great tools and was very encouraged. I often work with disconnected youth and this will help me build trust with them so they know that an adult is truly taking an interest, not because it's my job but because I genuinely care."

"I feel confident that these tips will help me build stronger relationships with some youth that tend to be a little more standoffish and a bit more difficult to connect with."

Your Training Description

Please note trigger warning: there is explicit language and mature content in the Kendrick Lamar music video that is played during the training. This is included to help you understand hip hop culture and the context in which youth live.

Tap into the power of youth narratives! Stories like Katniss Everdeen, J. Cole, Elsa and Anna, resonate deeply with youth. This training urges adults to engage with these narratives, fostering meaningful connections and allowing youth to share their stories authentically. Learn to go beyond routine inquiries, building rapport by embracing and understanding the stories important to youth. Explore the adult-youth relationship as cross-cultural, drawing on shared experiences. This course equips adults working with youth, in any setting, to harness the transformative potential of narratives for connection and growth.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn the importance of a cross-cultural framework when engaging youth
  • Explore ways to utilize pop culture in both clinical and non-clinical settings
  • Identify opportunities to use cross-cultural youth work in your own practice
  • Identify ways to continue this conversation in your organization or agency

Your Trainer

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Emily Terrell, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, has worked with youth in various settings. Currently the program manager for The Link’s POWER program that serves justice-involved girls in Hennepin County, Emily’s previous experiences include working as a counselor in mental health clinical and school-based settings, as well as a high school athletics coach and faith-based youth group leader. Additionally, Emily and her husband are long-time mentors to a phenomenal young man who is a recent graduate of Minneapolis North High School.

Emily earned a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. Before joining The Link, Emily worked for Relate Counseling Center and The Bridge for Youth. Exemplifying her work with youth is one of her favorite quotes, “From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory into thickets of wildest guesswork.”

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: COMMUNICATIONS.

Gain communication flexibility which allows you to develop healthy, productive work relationships, engage in collaborative problem solving with youth, and improve individual and group facilitation.

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This training will count as 2 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.