Cultural Intelligence in Youth Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, August 28, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"The instructor was easy to listen to and he kept it interesting. It's a difficult subject and he made it not one."

"Great training. Validating to those who are early on in their journey, still challenging to those a little further on!"

"Brandon did a phenomenal job providing an engaging training opportunity that both challenged participants and encouraged growth."

Your Training Description

The population of racially and ethnically diverse youth continues to grow in communities across America and around the globe. Developing a better understanding of the dynamics of diverse cultures takes dedicated effort. It’s not as simple as reading about “Diversity” or attending a “Cultural Competency” training. Work through cultural dynamics and learn how to advance the work you do to move beyond cultural competence to cultural intelligence. You will be more effective in your efforts to create inclusive programs that foster genuine equity.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn strategies and approaches to improve your ability to connect with and serve youth of different backgrounds
  • Develop an understanding of your own background and how to make adjustments to be more adaptable personally and professionally
  • Explore how to incorporate sustainability techniques to maintain a high level of engagement and productivity when working with youth

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


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

You'll raise your awareness to embrace diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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