Youth Health Matters- Practical tools for positive parenting

You may very well help a lot of parents with their efforts to develop some practical tools to become positive parents and train them how to best use the ‘Developmental Assets’, a research-based way that will help kids thrive!

Many school and agency teams have, through Parenting Partners workshops, trained numerous parents to get more engaged and involved in the education of their children, and empowered them through strengthening their practical parenting skills. Many individuals and school and community teams will benefit from these 2-day Training of Trainers sessions where they will be learning to:

• Effectively facilitate and organize the Parenting Partners Workshops (7 sessions in total)
• Successfully work in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural setting
• Recruit parents best
• Develop leadership skills in the parents to bring a message of ‘Developmental Assets‘ to their communities and schools
• Set up follow-up support programs for participating parents

You are going to receive ‘The Parent Workbooks’ (in English and/or Spanish), the book ‘How to Run A Successful Parent Leadership Class’, and the Parenting Partners Facilitator Manual’ (in English and/or Spanish). All teams and individuals will receive the complete ‘Presentation Kit’ and necessary supplies. The program ‘Parenting Partners’ is currently being used in over 30 states by school districts, after-school programs, migrant education courses, teen-parent programs, adult education providers, health departments, churches, foster care agencies, universities, and military family programs.

Session 1

The concept and methodology of ‘Developmental Assets’ have changed the way our nation is seeing youth. We have been able to tip the scale toward seeing youth as potential, possibility, and resource, and now we’re ready to take the next step forward. Peter will be premiering the new processes for building assets.

It all starts from the philosophy that all youth have deep within them a ‘beautiful, useful, good’ thing to develop our world. This is their ‘spark’, and when we will recognize and nurture these sparks, young people are more likely to move ahead with purpose and passion. If you recognize this key asset, you also will find powerful new methods to develop and grow fantastic kids.

Session 2

In the turbulent 60’s, Bill (William) Milliken (together with some of his like-minded friends began a great mission: they wanted to do something about the lives of addicts and dropouts on the streets of New York City. Bill learned some strong lessons during his journey as a young and naive idealist, and later he set up Communities in Schools, Inc. (CIS).

This was one of America’s foremost pioneers of developing ways to offer young individuals all the help they require to complete their high school education and move on to get rewarding lives. Currently, CIS is directly serving almost 1.5 million students, including their families, annually in almost 3,500 schools. One of the refrains in Bill’s book ‘The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic’ reads: ‘Programs do not change children, relationships do!’

Parallel interests and pathways over more than four decades did bring Bill Milliken and Peter Benson together as like-minded learners and advocates of learning for all kids.

Session 3: The Circle of Youth Engagement

The ‘Circle of Youth Engagement’ is a highly interactive discussion and training program facilitated by adult and youth trainers. It is geared towards a youth and adult audience and based on an important book titled Giving Voice to the Leader Within (by Gillen, Johnson, and Sinykin).

The first 4 hours involve adults and youth in simultaneous, but separate, breakout sessions, while during the last 3 hours, the adults and youth are brought back together again to engage in an interactive session. You are going to experience activities, conversation, and a lot of reflection on the 6 first circles of youth engagement:

1) The 4 keys to support opportunities and resource space
2) Strategy development
3) Specific actions within the community
4) Engaging in service delivery systems
5) Connection building through responsibility, trust, respect, and partnerships
6) Engage in community actions to prepare for implementing projects

During this part of the training, you will better understand yourself when it comes to youth engagement. During this event, you are learning all about the youth engagement circle method. This includes the four basic concepts of ‘Giving Voice To The Leader Within’:
– Organizational and personal barriers towards youth engagement
– Focused Conversations as catalysts for engagement & change
– The process of Consensus
– Action plan for a common purpose