Partnership for After School Education

Workshops


Adapting to a Diversifying and Evolving Community: An Organizational Approach

As neighborhoods change, the community members (and staff) walking through an organization's doors also change, including their needs, strengths and challenges. Drawn from an organization's experience, this session focus on how to adapt policies, procedures and programming to a diversifying and evolving community. Starting with an evaluation of existing organization vision, mission and values and expanding to program design and delivery, participants will engage in discussion on how to reframe their work through a diverse, equitable and inclusive framework. Participants will: 1) understand conditions in which demographic changes impact organization operation and services; 2) understand examples of how to adapt diversity, equity and inclusion in organization policies and service delivery.

Art & Justice: Practice, Policy and People

This session seeks to engage in a dialogue that highlights trends, explores best practices and re-introduces relevant policy changes to help support the work of individuals, communities and organizations engaged in, and looking to engage in criminal justice issues using the creative arts. Participants will hear from those who have served youth in communities impacted by criminal justice and the successes and challenges and lessons learned. Participants will: 1) gain an introductory view of policy changes impacting court-involved youth; 2) explore some shared practices of working in justice settings; 3) learn about new creative work happening in communities.

Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering a Culturally Responsive Community

“Diversity and Inclusion” have become buzzwords within the current educational sphere, however the educational system continues to underestimate the need to uplift the intersectional identities of their students as a pedagogical practice. This workshop will provide a space for critical discourse about culturally responsiveness in schools and afterschool. The content will be delivered through the lens of black feminism, positive youth development, and healing justice. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment tool and identify shifts they can make within their personal practice and afterschool community. Participants will: 1) unpack the theory of critical consciousness; 2) explore the three dimensions of culturally responsive pedagogy; 3) assess the cultural responsiveness of their personal pedagogical practices and the current climate of their programs and schools.

Building the Foundation: Fostering Connectedness as the Core Element of Program

This interactive session explores why and how to foster relationships as a core element of a positive youth development approach. Through games, group dialogue, and reflection, participants will learn how to place relationship building at the center of organizational systems, program structures, and staff development. Participants will gain strategies to establish trust, belonging, safety, and reciprocity with young people and staff. Participants will: 1) have an increased understanding of connectedness as a critical element of positive youth development practices; 2) learn strategies to foster psychologically safe environments; 3) explore the impact of reciprocity in youth programming.

Future Readiness Through Entrepreneurship Education

It can be challenging to find highly engaging future readiness programming for afterschool programs working with middle and high school age youth. Traditional curriculum often leaves many students disengaged. This interactive session explores proven practices that incorporate future readiness into programming where youth direct their own learning, establish their voice and sense of belonging. Through analysis and discussion, the session identifies how to create autonomy for participants and build valuable leadership and SEL skills while helping them explore their passions. Participants will: 1) explore how to instill youth autonomy into their program; 2) gain knowledge on building future readiness skills through entrepreneurship; 3) understand how to help youth build social capital through peer professional networks.

Learning about Learning: Lessons Learned from 25+ Years of Direct Service Staff Training

Afterschool staff often are young professionals with varied academic and professional backgrounds. Can this group deliver content-rich program elements that build social-emotional learning skills and help support academic growth? With specific, accessible, targeted training -- absolutely! In fact, intentional, specific, and aspirational training not only improves the overall quality of program but can also influence staff retention and mobility. Through the lens of adult learning, participants will learn practical strategies to plan training and other professional development for staff that foster high-quality program outcomes. Participants will leave with the ability to create and facilitate training to diverse part-time/seasonal staff. Participants will: 1) learn best practices and receive resources that DREAM has developed over 25+ years; 2) learn how to conduct a training needs assessment with staff and use this information to create effective content-based training that will lead to successful outcomes for youth; 3) learn how to apply adult learning theory to staff training, increasing engagement, retention, and motivation.

Mapping Community Needs and Assets in NYC

How can programs use accessible research tools to map needs and assets in NYC and inform program services, advocacy, and affect social change? This session will cover the limitations of looking only at statistics, and share how both qualitative and quantitative research bolsters efforts to drive attention and resources to underserved communities. The session will review the engagement of community members in any kind of needs assessment or advocacy undertaken on their behalf and will model the content in such a way that participants may replicate it with their youth. Participants will: 1) create Community Mind Maps to illustrate their thoughts, feelings, and attitudes about their neighborhoods; 2) learn about CCC’s data on child-wellbeing as well as other free data resources that map and track community-level data; 3) develop an understanding of how to use the lived experiences of community residents plus data to assess needs and assets.

Propelling Multiple Stakeholders Towards Radical Change

East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) leadership will share their continuing journey to becoming an anti-racist organization. This session focuses on the replicable process by which EHTP created their Racial Equity Statement and highlights the various stakeholders involved in the creation of this statement and the crucial work done around soliciting input and buy-in from our stakeholders, including students, the East Harlem Community, and Board members. The session will address the ongoing work to partner with families in this work and sustain the efforts through a draft anti-racism strategic plan. Participants will: 1) be able to recognize the role multiple stakeholders play, especially caregivers, to drive systemic change; 2) be able to formulate suggestions on how an organization can make progress on its racial equity work.

Taking It From the Top: Social-Emotional Learning Starts with Staff

Given the growing interest and devotion to social-emotional learning (SEL) in both in-school and afterschool programs, staff are increasingly asked to assess and cultivate students' SEL competencies, as defined by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Youth Communication, through its work in foster care, juvenile justice, schools and after school, has learned that in order to be successful SEL instructors, staff must first understand their own SEL strengths and weaknesses, and role model these positive skills, before they can support their youth in doing the same. In this session, participants will learn how to support staff to develop the SEL competencies that are so crucial to their work with youth. Participants will take part in several interactive activities, including reading a teen-written story and doing an SEL assessment, all with the intention of supporting staff in their future SEL work with students. Participants will: 1) Focus what staff need (i.e., mindsets, behaviors, etc.…) in order to effectively integrate SEL into their instruction; 2) practice engaging activities, including reading a teen-written story, that can be used to develop program staff’s SEL skills; 3) discuss how staff’s own SEL development impacts students’ future SEL development.

The Future-Ready Student: Building Digital Citizenship Skills

The "future-ready" movement aims to increase educational and career opportunities for all students. But what do future-ready youth look like? Building from the foundation of digital citizenship competencies, this session will look at trends in the workforce, and explore techniques to infuse digital literacy in any educational environment. Participants will: 1) understand the jobs of tomorrow (e.g., online freelancing, automated systems) and the skills needed to succeed in them; 2) understand the importance of digital citizenship for youth; 3) learn techniques/methods for incorporating digital citizenship activities in programs.

Using Research Informed Practices to Build and Retain Youth Development Professionals

High turnover in youth development professionals (YDPs) continues to be a challenge in the field. Often it is assumed that this reality is due to low wages and inconsistent hours, but research indicates that this challenge could be addressed by creating universal competencies that could inform on-boarding and provide a framework for professional development. In this training, we will explore what research tells us about our YDPs, as well as some of the best practices that could support stronger retention and development. Participants will: 1) be introduced to research that explores the profile and motivation of youth development professionals (YDP's) in the field; 2) explore research informed practices for the on-boarding and retention of YDPs; 3) share best practices in on-boarding and retention.

Why Can't I Sleep at Night?: Addressing Vicarious Trauma in the Afterschool Field

Afterschool staff daily assume the care of other people's children and that responsibility rests heavy. Staff care deeply, and suffer along with children who are suffering. While much is said about the potential of afterschool to extend learning and foster positive development, quality programs depend on professionals with staying power. If the field is going to retain talented professionals for the long haul, it must acknowledge the toll the job can take and address the importance of 'putting the oxygen mask on yourself first.' This workshop will explore the presence of vicarious trauma in this vital field, and chart ways to address it. Participants will: 1) become more knowledgeable about vicarious trauma, and its impact; 2) reflect on vulnerabilities and strengths for themselves and colleagues related to vicarious trauma; 3) gain strategies for managing vicarious trauma and promoting resilience.