Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth: Video Series

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Published: 
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sponsor/Publisher: 
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO)

15-part video series that together create a 1.5 hour workshop which you can deliver directly to your staff. Includes Part 16, resources and printables.

Often, staff who work in programs for adolescent participants are youth themselves. Without appropriate training, it can be difficult for them to create the kind of environment which will attract and retain the youth participants. Use whatever approach to the delivery of the workshop best suits your need: It can be presented in its entirety in one sitting or by playing the individual 15 videos as shorter, stand-alone training events. Electronic copies of the handouts are available for download so that your staff can complete the exercises at the same time as the onscreen participants.

Presenter: Brenda Whitehead, Principal of KeepingPACE Consulting. Brenda has been involved with children and youth in the HIGH FIVE® and Youth Friendly Communities for many years. Professionally she has worked with communities to help them develop, maintain and grow quality opportunities for young people throughout Ontario. Brenda has worked with Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) to develop training modules and workshops for front line Youth Development Workers and their Managers, and has been a frequent presenter at the MBA Symposium for Managers and Staff of Youth Development Programs.

Brenda is a PRO Trillium Award recipient, primarily for her support of and commitment to children and youth. She has the ability to have others think about their approaches toward those under 19 and believes that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure the positive and healthy development of youth in the opportunities they provide.

  1. Introduction
  2. Youth Friendly Communities
  3. Who are Youth?
  4. Who are Youth?
  5. Youth Program Outcomes
  6. Developmental Needs of Youth
  7. Developmental Needs of Youth - Mastery & Achievement
  8. Developmental Needs of Youth - Physical Activity
  9. Developmental Needs of Youth - Self Definition
  10. Developmental Needs of Youth - Creative Expression
  11. Developmental Needs of Youth - Positive Interaction
  12. Developmental Needs of Youth - Meaningful Participation
  13. Developmental Needs of Youth - Structure and Clear Limits
  14. Developmental Needs of Youth - Developmental Assets
  15. Resiliency of Youth, and Competencies for Youth Staff
  16. Workshop Resources and Printables

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth - Part 1

    This six-minute video is an introduction to the concept of a Youth Friendly Community and why that's important. The icebreaker that's used demonstrates how to help youth make connections and work together.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth: Part 2

    Youth Friendly Communities - 11 minutes

    This video explains what a youth friendly community is, why it's important to be youth-friendly, and what is positive youth development.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 3:

    Who are Youth? 14-1/2 minutes

    This video focuses on understanding the differences among individuals and uses group exercises to demonstrate that youth workers need to be aware of their own limits and assumptions.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 4:

    Who are Youth? 5 minutes

    This video looks at the need to understand and celebrate the unique risk-taking, sensation-seeking qualities of youth, and to provide safe opportunities for them to experience new things.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 5:

    Youth Program Outcomes - 8 minutes

    This video discusses the five outcomes that every youth program should deliver.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 6:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - 4 minutes

    This video introduces the seven developmental needs of youth.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 7:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Mastery & Achievement - 2-1/2 minutes

    This video provides insight into the need for a sense of mastery and achievement.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 8:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Physical Activity - 2 minutes

    This video provides insight into the developmental need for physical activity.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 9:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Self Definition - 2-1/2 minutes

    This video provides insight into the process of self-definition that youth undergo.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 10:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Creative Expression - 3 minutes

    This video provides insight into the need for creative expression.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 11:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Positive Interaction - 6-1/2 minutes

    This video provides insight into the need for positive interaction with adults and peers.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 12:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Meaningful Participation - 5 minutes

    This video reviews the need for youth to have meaningful participation in activities.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 13:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Structure and Clear Limits - 10 minutes

    This video reviews the need for youth to have structure and clear limits, and then reviews the seven developmental needs again.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 14:

    Developmental Needs of Youth - Developmental Assets - 12-1/2 minutes

    This video introduces the 40 developmental assets defined by the Search Institute and uses a group activity to reinforce the need to work collaboratively to provide support to youth.

    Training Youth Staff to Work with Youth Part 15:

    Resiliency of Youth, and Competencies for Youth Staff - 19 minutes

    This video discusses the concept of youth resiliency, mentions competencies for youth development workers, and what makes youth-friendly staff. The discussion at the end is very informative and thought-provoking.

    Workshop Resources and Printables Part 16:

    Click on the resource link below to print.

    Youth Development Worker Competencies

    Youth Friendly Criteria

    The Search Institute Asset Check List

    The Search Institute 40 Assets

    7 Developmental Needs of Youth

    The 5 Cs