Designing Impactful Art Programming

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"[Michelle is] an incredible, youth centered art instructor."

"This is a wonderful topic and there is a lot of power in training on the impact of art programming."

"Thank you for your humility in sharing impactful authentic experiences you had with the youth."

Your Training Description

The developmental benefits of the arts for young people are vast, such as enhanced self-expression, self-awareness, self-esteem, and social skills. However, the way in which the arts are deployed influences their impact. This training will explore best practices for designing and delivering art programming that consistently packs a developmental punch. Drawing from the fields of neuroaesthetics, positive youth development, and restorative practices, you’ll come away with actionable ideas for improving art-based offerings for the youth you serve.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Deepen your understanding of the developmental power of the arts
  • Learn how to create conditions for learning and growth through the arts
  • Acquire skills to support young people developmentally in their creative efforts

Your Trainer


Michelle Kissinger (she/her), PhD, is the founder of [ree-sheyp] your story, LLC, an art-based consultancy focused on at-risk youth and youth-serving organizations. She is also an Art Teacher for Buxmont Academy which serves 7th-12th grade students on six campuses throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Michelle’s lived experience and scholarship infuse her work. She spent 10 years in out-of-home care—including seven at Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA—and her 2015 doctoral research explored identity formation, self-awareness, and collaborative creative arts. She has served as a volunteer advocate for CASA of Berks County and Art Instructor for Bethany Children’s Home. In addition to her consulting and teaching, Michelle is a creative nonfiction writer, mixed media artist, and volunteer mentor for youth in residential foster care.

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: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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