Learning Sessions (A)

Learning Session A

Monday 1:45pm – 3:15pm


1) Building Resilience in Children and Teens: A Deeper Discussion (This session will be repeated) 
Presented by: Kenneth Ginsburg

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to further explore the principles and strategies described in Dr. Ginsberg’s keynote address. Bring your questions, insights, and experience to this lively exchange of practical ideas for embedding resilience-building principles into your daily interaction with young people.

As a result of attending this session, participants will:

  • Gain additional insight into the “Teen-Centered Method.”
  • Further explore the precepts, science, and theory behind Dr. Ginsberg’s approach to working with teens.
  • Consider means of integrating the principles discussed into their daily practice.
  • Have opportunity to address additional questions generated by the ideas shared.

2) Unlocking the Afterschool Power of 21st Century Skills (this workshop spans sessions A & B)
Presented by: Leslie Beller

This interactive hands-on session will teach After School Network participants four straight forward processes that unlock the skills potential of After School programs and communities. First, how to engage youth in a using MHA skills to power their dreams, goals and aspiration. Second, how programs can use a simple skills tagging method to identify their program’s key 21stcentury skill drivers. Third, how to use youth dreams and program performance evidence begin a daily feedback habit. Fourth, how to create a networked community of MHA “skilled-up” programs

Participant Outcomes:

  • Comprehend and recognize 21st century skills and how they are present in all afterschool and extended learning domains
  • Reinforce targeted skills in current programs (MHA Labs does not require new curriculum to be successful)
  • Set skill expectations and give high quality skill building feedback
  • Identify skills strengths and growth areas in youth to provide program-wide or personalized learning
  • Learn how to use the skills framework to coach, counsel and mentor youth and resolve problems
  • Conduct 21st century skills goal planning to connect youth school, afterschool, college, and career aspirations
  • Translate 21st century skills observations

3) Youth Leading Community Development; A PYD Model
Presented by: Barbara Baker, Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties University of Maine Cooperative Extension,Janet Woodard, University of Georgia, Morgan County, Claire Woodard (Y) from Georgia, Morgan County and Maine Youth

The Engaging Youth, Serving Community Program (EYSC) effectively incorporates the 4-H essential elements, demonstrating a high level of achievement based on the expected outcomes of the project: 1) youth and adults on the leadership teams increased leadership skills at a high level; 2) community attitudes toward youth and youth community engagement improved; and 3) community capitals were enhanced in project sites. By encouraging and preparing youth to assess community issues and then empowering them to create solutions, EYSC engages youth as partners in their own development as well as in the improvement of their communities.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Understand an effective model for empowering youth to affect change in their local communities;
  • Gain understanding of a strong youth-adult partnership that made such change work;
  • Become familiar with the Community Capitals Model as a way to understand the effects of changes on many aspects of community development

4) Integrating Performance Based Education into Your 21st CCLC Program
Presented by: Michael Hinckley-Gordon, Grace Hilmer (Coordinator), Julianna Rothchild (Teacher), Tom Tracy (Teacher) Emily Gribben (Teacher 

This learning session will give participants strategies on how to implement performance based education into their 21st CCLC. Presenters will share their experiences in obtaining “by-in” from Board Members, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents. Presenters will also share how student projects are developed and implemented in order to receive credit towards a high school diploma.

 Participant Outcomes:

  • Participants will be presented with strategies on how to create performance based education curriculum that meets state standards and can be used towards obtaining a high school diploma.

5) Engaging Youth in Release of Survey Data: A Strategy that WORKS!
Presented by: Timothy Duffey, President Bolster Collaborative, Jennifer Dewitt, Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council, Waterbury, CT

In the past 10 years, the presenters have collaborated to conduct 7 community presentations of survey results with active youth engagement at the center of the delivery strategy. In this workshop, you will learn the strategies employed to lead students through a retreat event to distill the data and the methods used to conduct the community presentations with young people as primary data communicators. Impact on the youth and adults in targeted communities will also be shared, including reflections from a participating student.

 Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn an effective strategy for engaging youth in distilling survey results on youth perspectives (Attitudes and Behaviors Survey of Search Institute)
  • Consider methods of engaging youth as co-presenters of survey results to community gatherings
  • Learn about the direct and indirect impact of these engagement strategies on youth and community adults