Empowering Youth Self-Advocacy

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, March 13, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 97% approval rating
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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

A skilled youth worker recognizes the potential youth have and understands their innate resilience. Encouraging a youth to take the lead can create safe, supportive spaces in your program to increase engagement and positive outcomes. The Cornerstone Youth Advocacy model will be reviewed to give insight into proven practices for empowering youth self-advocacy, fostering collaborative partnerships, and nurturing leadership skills. Learn how to help youth feel safe and recover from crisis by validating feelings, being a trusted adult, 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


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.


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


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.

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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.