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Cultural Intelligence in Youth Work

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, August 28, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

The population of racially and ethnically diverse youth continues to grow in communities across America and around the globe. So, the need for youth workers who appreciate the value of cultural diversity, know how to create culturally responsive programs, and can build culturally inclusive spaces and relationships with youth has never been greater. Until you understand the cultural dynamics of your own values and beliefs, you’re more apt to make inaccurate or even judgmental conclusions about the values and beliefs of others.

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. Youth workers need to develop real cultural intelligence to be able to partner with young people to improve their lives.

Join us for Cultural Intelligence in Youth Work and explore how to connect with the young people you serve in more meaningful, culturally responsive ways. You’ll 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. Even if you’ve worked on these concepts before, come explore this training for new insights because the work is never done.

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

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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: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

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

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, August 28, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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