$75 – $150

Fostering a Culture of Youth Work That Matters to Young People

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Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)

451 Lexington Parkway North

Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Strengthen and improve youth program quality with tools and strategies presented by Wilder’s youth leadership development program staff

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How youth workers show up and their practices matter to young people. Come learn from YLI youth leaders as they share their insights on program characteristics, culture and youth worker mindsets that are important to young people. YLI staff will share tools, strategies and practices that can transform your youth development programs. Participants will get a chance to discuss and apply these lessons to strengthen and improve the quality of their youth programming.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding of youth work practices that matter to young people
  2. New ways of thinking, being and doing with youth
  3. Tools, strategies and practices to strengthen and improve your youth program.

Who should attend this training?

  • Youth Workers
  • Program Managers
  • Funders
  • Intermediary Organizations

We believe that anyone can be a caring adult and help foster and culture of youth work that matters from any seat.

Registration and tickets are on a sliding fee scale:

We are trying to make this training accessible and affordable to everyone. If your organization is paying your way, or you can afford to do so as an individual, please select a higher price option.

This workshop will be co-lead by adults and youth mentors.

Youth mentors are young people in a youth program who are past participants and have been peer-nominated to return to lead the program in partnership with adults. They are actively involved in decision making, peer mentoring, designing and facilitating activities in the program.

About the facilitators:

Nou Yang | Senior Director of Community Leadership Programs

Nou Yang is passionate about creating spaces for collaborative learning and dialogue around issues of identity, cross-cultural leadership, youth development, and gender equity. She has 20 years of professional experience including direct service work, fostering opportunities for leadership and engaging community toward action and management. Her work spans leading youth leadership development programs, providing training and technical support to organizations, crisis intervention services to families and vulnerable adults, and gender equity work. A Hmong refugee woman, Nou believes deeply that all people have value and growth happens through reflection, listening and dialogue.

Nou is an alumni of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership program focused on fostering connection between the United States and Europe and building a cadre of transatlantic leaders; and a past board member of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together. Nou graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.

Sally Brown | Independent Consultant

Sally is dedicated to creating a world where all people are respected and included. She enjoys creating opportunities for people to discover new insights about themselves, a deeper understanding of others, and how they can incorporate those insights into their work and lives. Sally’s work experience includes education with children and youth with disabilities, service learning, after-school programs, inter-generational programming, community building, youth development, and leadership development. She taught in the Peace Corps, where she also started a school for children with intellectual disabilities. Sally then worked at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation for over 30 years, developing many new initiatives including the Teen/Age Work Program, the Leap Forward for Children collaborative, the Jobs Plus Program, the Karen Neighborhood Leadership Program and the Youth Leadership Initiative. Most of her work experience has been in multicultural settings and urban communities. Sally has a BA in psychology from Middlebury College and an M.A. and M.Ed. in special education from Columbia University.

Questions about this training or our Youth Leadership Initiative, please contact Nou Yang at Nou.Yang@wilder.org or click here to visit our website.

Questions about registration, please contact training@wilder.org

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