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Empowering Youth Self-Advocacy

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, March 13, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • 97% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Learners' Own Words

"Great training on many different fronts. Our youth are smart and need to be heard & respected."

"This training was very engaging and provided so much information regarding youth advocacy!"

"Thank you for providing clear, actionable information!"

Your Training Description

The need for young people to have strong, positive guidance to respond to the many challenges they face in their environments is growing. Youth who have role models who are able to support their social emotional skills develop better resilience. Their ability to learn techniques to cope with challenging life circumstances, develop skills to advocate for themselves and seek support to access necessary resources can make all the difference in their healthy development.

A skilled youth worker recognizes the potential young people have and understands their ability to lead their own change. Encouraging a young person to take the lead, with you as a guide and coach in their corner, you can walk alongside them and create safe, supportive spaces in your program to increase engagement and positive outcomes.

The Cornerstone Youth Advocacy model will be reviewed in this training to give you insight into proven practices for empowering youth self-advocacy, fostering collaborative partnerships, and nurturing leadership skills. You’ll learn how to help youth feel safe and recover from crisis by validating feelings and being an askable adult, meeting them where they’re at, and teaching tools to cope with challenges.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of a youth advocacy model that emphasizes how youth workers can support young people’s social emotional skills
  • Be able to maintain program integrity and create collaborative partnerships when your youth-centered program is embedded within other systems such as schools
  • Learn how to empower youth to be self-advocates and take the lead on tackling issues of social justice and systems change
  • Explore the differences and similarities of advocacy and activism work and develop skills for using this framework to best support the young people you serve
  • Gain insight into providing support to a young person who has disclosed that they have been a victim of some form of violence or abuse

Your Trainers

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As an artist, advocate, and anti-violence educator Tyler Osterhaus has devoted his career to ending gender-based violence through the promotion of responsible fatherhood, healthy relationship education, sexual assault prevention, and positive masculinity. Tyler has brought his high energy, entertaining, and often humorous approach to anti-violence education to non-profits, schools, human services agencies, military installations, and community groups. Tyler currently serves as the School Based Services Coordinator at Cornerstone providing advocacy and violence prevention education in schools across Hennepin County.

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Michelle Erdman has a Bachelor’s degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Public Health. She has experience as a teacher and has been a victim/survivor advocate for over 2 years. In addition, she presented at the National Sexual Assault Conference in 2019. Passionate about social justice, youth work, and being trauma informed, she brings her skills and talents to her position at Cornerstone Advocacy Services, where she provides advocacy and education in many school settings.

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: THE FIELD OF YOUTH WORK.

Expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, March 13, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • 97% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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This training will count as 1.5 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.