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How White Youth Workers Can Talk About Race and Racism

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, October 7, 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 state of race relations in the U.S. is concerning for many of us. White youth workers want to be part of the solution but figuring out just how to do that can be daunting. Not knowing how to talk about race and racism can negatively impact the relationships youth workers have with each other and young people in their programs. Avoiding talking about racism openly and honestly may adversely affect the positive development of young people. So, what can you do? How can you be part of the solution?

The relationships you build and the trust you foster with young people require meaningful conversations. Real connection is the heart of your work and requires you to be willing to have uncomfortable conversations. Youth work is social justice work. You have an invaluable opportunity to use your voice and actions for racial justice and equality for the youth you serve and for everyone in our society.

Join Dr. Verna Cornelia Price to gain the tools and strategies needed to do this important work. You’ll find motivation and inspiration to increase your confidence. You’ll learn how to have productive and meaningful conversations about race and racism with your white friends, neighbors, other youth workers, and the youth in your programs. You’ll consider how racism affects your youth work, your wellbeing, and its impact on the youth you serve. You’ll have a safe space to ask questions and gain new insights.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn how racism impacts your interactions with other youth workers
  • Learn how racism impacts your interactions with your youth
  • Learn how to have conversations about race as a white youth worker and use your voice to be antiracist
  • Increase your confidence to start and engage in productive race conversations
  • Develop a more comprehensive understanding of race and racism

Your Trainer

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Dr. Verna Cornelia Price has consulted for over 20 years as a human potential expert specializing in personal power, leadership and communicating across cultures. She is the co-founder along with her husband, Brother Shane Price, of the Power of People Leadership Institute and the founder of Girls in Action (renamed Girls Taking Action). Dr Verna began her career as a youth worker and has provided leadership for the mentoring of over 5,000 youth locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Verna taught cultural diversity in the workplace for many years as a professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and has offered Communicating Across Cultures workshops to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Verna Price is also a best-selling author of multiple books including, The Power of People: Four Kinds of People Who Can Change Your Life.

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 Wednesday, October 7, 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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