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Dylan’s Wings of Change – Wingman Trainer Workshop

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NJSBA Headquarters

413 W. State Street

Trenton, NJ 08605

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You must attend all three days of training. Training runs from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on 8/6, 8/7, and 8/8.

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Dylan’s Wings of Change is inviting qualified individuals to join their Team of Certified Wingman Trainers in New Jersey.

Wingman is a unique youth leadership program that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. Wingman inspires children to be more empathetic and courageous to create strong, inclusive communities as an antidote to the epidemic of social isolation we face today.

You can see the program in action on YouTube (https://youtu.be/vulKmjVVBsA)

The students leading the program in their schools receive 2 full days of immersive training, delivered by Certified Wingman Trainers. Those students then go on to turn-key the program to other grades in the school throughout the rest of the school year by holding activity sessions in the classroom. Student leaders are trained in groups of 20-25 to maximize the effectiveness of the training.

How will Wingman Trainers be Trained?

Our 3-day intensive Wingman Trainer workshop will equip applicants with a full understanding of the Wingman program, experiential education techniques and the student training curriculum you will be leading. The Workshop is led by 2 Wingman Master Trainers supported by the Program Director for Wingman in NJ. Also in attendance will be Ian Hockley, founder and Executive Director of Dylan’s Wings of Change. Each of the three days will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a continental breakfast on arrival and lunch provided. The training is supported by the New Jersey School Boards Association and sponsored by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey.

Who are you looking for?

Applicants to join the Team are ideally:

  • Retired educators wishing to maintain their connection to schools and students
  • Qualified educators taking extended time out of the classroom
  • Experienced youth facilitators with non-school backgrounds.

What is in it for me?

Once certified, Trainers will be compensated on a contract/ day rate basis for training student leaders, $500 per day when working solo, or $300 per day if working with a fellow Trainer.

Trainers will be supplied with essential training materials - marker pens, flipchart paper and various experiential tools, and refreshing these consumable items will be paid for by the Wingman program during your contract as a Trainer.

There is no compensation for attending the training, catering will be provided during the day.

Where will I be working?

Trainers may be allocated to work at schools anywhere in New Jersey, though best efforts will always be made to assign them to schools closest to home.

Applicants should register for one of the two Trainer workshops - all 3 days are required - and then email their resume/ employment history to wingman.schools@gmail.com, along with a paragraph on what would make them an amazing Wingman Trainer.

About Dylan’s Wings of Change

Dylan’s Wings of Change is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012 along with nineteen other first graders and 6 brave educators.

DWC sponsored the start of the Wingman program in Connecticut in 2015. Since then it has been adopted by 37 schools across the tri-state area, over 240 dance studios in the U.S. and overseas as well as summer camps and after school programs.

New Jersey is the first selected for a state-wide offering of Wingman and DWC has partnered with NJSBA to spread awareness of the program and develop the support infrastructure to maximize success. 17 schools enrolled in WIngman in NJ in the 2018/19 school year, and this recruitment is to prepare for the next wave in 2019/20.

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