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The Influence of Affinity Groups on Youth-Serving Organizations

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  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Friday, August 14, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • 90% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Learners' Own Words

"I just started an LGBT employee affinity group at my organization and this training helped me get more ideas."

"The presentation and presenters were high quality."

"This training addressed the need for racial and ethnically diverse staff to have dedicated space and mutual support within a workplace."

Your Training Description

When youth workers feel isolated or alone in youth work, it’s harmful to them, their organization, and the young people they serve. Youth workers need opportunities to build human connections and feel included in their organizations for them to grow personally and professionally.

As a youth worker, you may find benefit in forming or engaging in an affinity group within your organization. The benefits of being connected around a common identity can help you feel empowered as you work to improve your organization, and ultimately to achieve positive youth outcomes.

Learn about what affinity groups are and how you can start and maintain one. You’ll also learn about values, goals, and measures of achievement for affinity groups and how they can help our young people. This Interview-Style training will help you understand the ins and outs of affinity groups so you can decide if this is right for you.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history and purpose of affinity groups
  • Have the basic knowledge you’ll need to create and maintain an affinity group in your organization
  • Know how to honor group values and celebrate achievements
  • Understand how affinity groups can positively impact young people

Your Trainer

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Lavasha Smith is a mother, daughter, and friend. She is the oldest of seven children and youth work has always been a passion of hers. She currently works as a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities and has been with the agency for two and a half years. In her previous role, Lavasha worked as a match coordinator matching youth with volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also serves as the acting president of their employee resources group, People of Color and Indigenous Resource Collaborative (POICRC). She is currently working on her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at St. Mary’s University and obtained her undergraduate degree from Augsburg University, formerly known as Augsburg College, with a focus on Psychology & Youth and Family Ministry. From caring for her siblings to working in childcare as a teenager, Lavasha believes that youth are the future and it is up to us as adults to plant seeds and watch them grow.

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 Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Friday, August 14, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • 90% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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