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Virtual Convention: Sneak Peek!

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's FREE for Executive members and just $49 for Ambassadors. Here's a sneak peek at three of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

KariKnutsonCultural Competency: More than Just Flags and Festivals

When we talk about being culturally competent, many of us think about "celebrating diversity." What if there was more to it than that? Developing cultural competency includes examining our own biases and developing the willingness to learn and be educated from a different point of view. Being culturally competent can help with your ability to interact successfully with all kinds of people. In this presentation you'll cultivate your ability to understand, communicate with and interact with people across cultures.

Presenter: Kari Knutson, Knutson Consulting
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 6 Cultural Competency & Responsiveness Levels 1-4

AnnaLutherIt's in the Bag: Creating a Bag of Tricks for Success with Real World Challenges

Every provider needs a portable bag of tricks they can dig into during unexpected wait times, when activities don't go as planned or when a youth needs extra support. This presentation will prepare every participant to create an effective treasure chest to be used in any program and with any age. Participants will discover simple and inexpensive items found in any dollar store that can be used to support youth when they're struggling.


Presenter:
Anna Luther, Kids Included Together
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 2 Learning Environments and Curriculum Levels 1-3 / Content Area 4 Interactions with Children and Youth Levels 2-4

TianaBrownHelping Girls Make Themselves Heard

Helping teenage girls create a healthy self-image can be a daunting task in a culture that is ravished with unrealistic expectations and standards of beauty. Girl Chat! provides a safe environment for ailing girls to share their experiences and find resources and support along their journey to self-discovery to womanhood. The Girl Chat! workshop equips practitioners with the tools and support they need to face the various issues young women are confronted with today.

Presenter: Tiana Brown, Norwalk Housing Authority
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 1 Child/Youth Growth and Development Levels 3-5 / Content Area 2 Learning Environments and Curriculum Levels 1-3 / Content Area 4 Interactions with Children and Youth Levels 2-5 / Content Area 6 Cultural Competency & Responsiveness Levels 1-4

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#2 Jill Carroll 2016-10-05 14:43
Quoting Nancy:
Can these be applied to high school programs? I notice none of the levels go past the 4th grade level.

Hi Nancy,

The indicated levels 1-4 refer to the staff’s level within the applicable content area from the Core Knowledge and Competencies for AfterSchool and Youth Development Professionals. Eight of the 10 primary workshops that will be offered have application for staff who work with kids up to age 18. There are also an additional two workshops from last year that would be helpful. Please email us at if you have any additional questions. Thanks!
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#1 Nancy 2016-10-05 12:36
Can these be applied to high school programs? I notice none of the levels go past the 4th grade level.
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