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Supporting Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Learners' Own Words

"Brandon broke this down nice & simply. I appreciate it!"

"Affirmed the work we're doing - youth voice is very important when we set our programming."

"Presenter was very easy to listen to and I enjoyed the content."

Your Training Description

No matter the role an adult plays in the life of a young person – youth worker, mentor, teacher, parent, counselor, caregiver – there is always an inherent power dynamic. Adults don’t often consider the effect of power in their interactions with young people but young people are almost always acutely aware, and uniquely affected. In that gap, there is tremendous potential for better outcomes, genuine trust, positive youth development, and meaningful systemic change. The key is in learning to implement effective youth-adult partnerships.

Your first step is to develop awareness of the pros and cons of power dynamics. As a youth worker, you have a significant impact on what happens in a young person’s life. The main focus of youth work is to encourage all young people's development while recognizing that individual youth experience the world differently; development is the most effective strategy for preventing problem behaviors. And development is the chief aim of effective youth-adult partnerships.

This training will help you understand the importance of defining positive youth outcomes in your work with young people through the lens of youth-adult partnerships. You’ll learn a framework for sharing power appropriately. You’ll explore strategies for implementing a youth-adult partnership approach in your programs. And you’ll come away with effective communication and relationship management skills to inform, empower, and engage young people.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn how youth-adult partnerships positively impact youth development
  • Learn how to share power in your work with young people
  • Adapt your youth work to incorporate an understanding of power dynamics so you can implement effective youth-adult partnerships
  • Gain effective communication and relationship management skills to inform, empower, and engage young people

Your Trainer

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Brandon Jones is a psychotherapist, professor, and consultant. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is currently a professor at Metropolitan State University, Inver Hills Community College, and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live Life with Purpose, on Purpose”.

Your Competency Focus Area

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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.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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