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Youth Development 101 Workshop

Update: Registration for this training is now full! 

Understanding youth development principles and the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach is foundational for all Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grantees and implementing partners, especially staff who work directly with youth. Youth Development 101 is an interactive, virtual training that introduces participants to an appropriate common language for discussing youth development and explores how those working with youth can develop successful relationships with youth and achieve positive outcomes.

Participants will also learn about the purpose of youth participation and identify the levels and forms of youth participation. They will gain strategies to improve youth engagement by increasing youth voice and choice in their programs.

The virtual training will take place via Zoom over the course of two days, January 18 and 25, 2023 from 2–5pm ET (6 hours total, 3 hours per day with one break). Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. 

This training is limited to 40 people and is open to TPP grantees and implementing partners. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we will maintain a waitlist once capacity is reached. The RHNTC will hold a Facilitation & Group Management training in February/March, and participation in both series is highly encouraged. 

Facilitators: 

  • Lauren Bard is a senior training manager on the Training and Capacity Building team at Health Resources in Action (HRiA). She works on the BEST Initiative and Youth Worker Certification program, as well as the Community Health Training Initiative. Lauren has many years of experience supporting young people and families in the City of Boston. Before joining HRiA, Lauren ran youth development programs in the arts, athletics, youth employment, and previously worked in drop-out prevention, transitional living, and the juvenile justice system. Lauren is a senior training consultant for gender-based violence prevention through Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and has facilitated sex education and pregnancy prevention programming while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. Lauren is a licensed social worker and holds degrees in criminal justice from Northeastern University, where she focused on youth development and restorative practices.
  • Winston Daley is a senior training manager at HRiA. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and entrepreneurial studies from Suffolk University and his master’s in sports leadership from Northeastern University. Winston began his career in financial services working on the long-term investment portfolios of large institutional clients. After 12 years in the private sector, Winston pivoted to working with youth. Winston became a lead facilitator at the Center for Sport in Society, conducting workshops on relationship violence, racism, and social justice. Winston has also worked in the nonprofit space on youth employment, sports for youth development, environmental justice, and community empowerment. He is also a start-up founder and entrepreneur.
  • Lisa Aslan is the director of training and capacity building at HRiA. She is a public health professional and youth development specialist with over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs for youth. After completing her master’s in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lisa returned to New York City where she served as the director of special projects overseeing HIV/AIDS services at the Ryan/Chelsea Clinton Community Health Center and then as the director of family planning with the Children's Aid Society. Lisa brings a deep knowledge of family planning, racial equity, and youth development programs to her trainings.

Learning objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach.
  2. Name Developmental Outcomes for programs.
  3. Explore the framework for Adultism.
  4. Identify the purpose of Youth Participation.
  5. Explain the levels and forms of Youth Participation in their programs.