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A Systemic Approach to Youth Homelessness and Exploitation

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  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 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

Youth experiencing homelessness don’t always get the type of support they need that could help. Decisions that seem counterintuitive are often linked to exploitation and a lack of good choices. While progress has been made, much work needs to be done.

As a youth worker, you can learn how to support young people experiencing homelessness. It’s crucial to recognize the dynamics and systems that sometimes help, and sometimes don’t. Understanding the decisions they make allows you to generate a unique approach with each young person you serve.

By taking this Interview-Style training, you’ll understand the connection between exploitation and youth experiencing homelessness, the effects of community systems, and what survival mode means. And, you’ll know steps that you can take to make a positive impact.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Become aware of the connections between youth experiencing homelessness and exploitation
  • Learn how community systems can help or hurt youth experiencing homelessness
  • Understand survival mode and how it impacts the decisions young people make
  • Explore what you can do to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness

Your Trainer

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James Scott is the Senior Training Manager for StreetWorks, a collaborative of youth-serving agencies in the seven-county metro area and a program of Lutheran Social Services. Before joining StreetWorks, James worked for HCMC’s Inpatient Psychology Department and managed the shelter, transitional living, and outreach program for Hope Street in South Minneapolis. During his time with Hope Street, James worked as a street outreach case manager. Before his career working with youth experiencing homelessness, James worked for Sesame Street Live and was widely regarded as “a very good Cookie Monster.” James received a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

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

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 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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