Experiences, environments and engagement are at the core of positive youth development. Afterschool professionals with competency in these areas run the quality programs that research shows benefit youth. Leaders and their teams should join NAA’s 2018 Virtual Convention featuring experts from the NAA Community (including top rated workshop presenters from the in-person convention) to become inspired, connected, and equipped to provide valuable opportunities for young people.
All workshops target NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies Content Areas 1-6, Levels 1 - 3.
Training certificates are awarded for eight hours of participation in the Virtual Convention which included the following content. Participation includes interaction with presentation + videos, hands-on activities, reflection, planning, and sharing.
Safe Havens – Integrating Trauma-Informed Care
Kirk Lowis, Portage Community Center
Research suggests that nearly 60 percent of youth in the U.S. are exposed to a traumatic event each year.Join us as we learn ways to engage young people by creating safe and supportive environments with the goal of helping youth thrive in the face of adversity.
LGBTQ Youth and Afterschool Best Practices
Bridget Hughes and Lillian Rivera, Hetrick-Martin Institute
This session will include a primer on sexual orientation and gender identity as core aspects of self and an overview of the developmental challenges LGBTQ youth encounter during adolescence. You’ll engage in activities that provide the opportunity for programmatic inclusion assessment and practice responding to LGBTQ issues that are typical to afterschool.
How to Meaningfully Address Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Jennifer Brady and Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, Development without Limits
For programs to truly serve the needs of all young people, it is important to address equity, diversity, and inclusion intentionally and in a meaningful way. In this workshop, we will delve deeper into what it takes to address the three spheres of change when it comes to doing equity, diversity, and inclusion work – people, policies, and practices. You’ll gain strategies and tools for moving this work forward in your organizations and programs.
Reframing Behavior Management
Katherine Gopie and Jennifer Jones, Prime Time Palm Beach County
Do you struggle with managing challenging behaviors of the youth in your program? Would you like to learn a way to facilitate youths’ self-management skills when they misbehave? This training shows you how to approach all youth behavior as opportunities to learn responsibility, emotion management, and problem-solving skills. Walk away with practical strategies you can use immediately!
Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to Life through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Daniel Hatcher, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Interested in increasing the quality of physical activity for youth through inclusive program activities that encourage relationship building? Looking for fun family engagement activities that combine cooperation and compassion with nutrition education? Join this interactive workshop and you’ll leave with simple (and budget-friendly) resources for family engagement and program activities with these goals in mind. Quality afterschool is healthy afterschool!
Giving Youth More Voice and Choice
Perrin Chick, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Join us to learn essential STEM facilitation skills. Reflect on your practice and learn ways to increase the youth voice within your program. The more students have the opportunity to talk through STEM challenges within afterschool programs and take on leadership roles, the more inclined they will be to pursue STEM careers and act as agents of change within communities. Participants will also learn how virtual professional learning communities and peer coaching can increase camaraderie and improve practice.
Helping Youth Develop Coping Skills
Heather Wojciuch, Kids Included Together (KIT)
Have you ever wondered why some youth seem to bounce back from stress easier than others? Youth learn to bounce back or cope at varying levels, and through social-emotional experiences. Youth face many social demands during their school day and during out-of-school time such as following a routine, responding to social cues, communicating with others, and making appropriate choices. Many times, youth do not have the skills necessary to handle these stressors and require adult assistance to find a solution. Participants will learn new tools and strategies to teach youth how to cope and become more resilient during stressful times. As a result, youth are better able to self-regulate, become self-aware, build relationships skills, and make better decisions.
Social Emotional and Mindful Learning in Afterschool
Jaime Garcia, Extend-a-Care for Kids
How much time do you spend helping young people understand their emotions, recognizing a friend’s perspective, resolving conflict in a positive way, and helping them make safe choices? Discover the why and how of bringing social emotional learning (SEL) to your program. Create peace paths, cool down areas, and embrace group meeting times to give kids a better chance of understanding themselves and building relationships with others.