Learning Sessions (D)

Learning Session D
Tuesday 1:45pm – 3:15pm


1) STEM Ambassadors: Connecting University Students with Youth
Presented by: Laura Wilson and Sarah Sparks, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

4-H STEM Ambassadors are trained university students who facilitate STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with youth. This session will describe our experiences during our pilot year in working with students from multiple University of Maine System Campuses and connecting them with youth serving organizations throughout Maine. We will describe our training methods, demonstrate activities, detail host site expectations, and articulate our structure. Also shared will be youth outcomes, STEM Ambassador (University student) outcomes, and host site outcomes.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn about the outcomes of our pilot year of the STEM Ambassador program, including the outcomes reported by youth, college students and host sites.
  • Participants will also learn how to work with us to host a STEM Ambassador in the future.

2) Creating Purposeful Positive Environments
Presented by: Mila Yochum, Director APOST

This workshop will provide participants practical strategies and practice to create a safe positive environment that support youth development and strengthen relationships. Research has shown the 5 C’s of PYD and positive mindsets affect student success.

Many workshops provide the theory and approach of PYD; participants will practice positive youth development through role playing, practice delivering authentic praise by identifying strengths, reflect on and build awareness of their own practice.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn best practices with creating a supporting environment aligned to the 5 C’s of positive youth development
  • Practice positive interaction and identifying competencies
  • Build awareness of their own practice and reduce adultism

3) Building Assets Reducing Risks: Can Positive Relationships REALLY Significantly impact Academic Achievement?
Presented by: Susan Savell, Co-Director, Investing in Innovation (i3) BARR Validation Project, Jim Boothby, Superintendent, Bucksport 

Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) is a school transformation model that builds positive relationships between teachers, students, administration and parents. The 8 BARR Strategies have proven, through the most rigorous research, to increase teacher effectiveness and student achievement on all levels. Based on Dr. Peter Benson’s Developmental Asset Framework, schools throughout Maine are participating in the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund grant program. Come see the results! Your school may be eligible!

Participant Outcomes:

  • Understand the BARR model of school transformation
  • Understand the results of the research
  • Be invited to consider participating in the Investing in Innovation Fund Grant program for schools in Maine

4) Unmasking the Barrier: Combating Racial Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom and Beyond
Presented by: Katherine Stitham, The Opportunity Alliance, Hawa Shir (Y), Jenessa Hayden (Y), Keyly Martinez (Y), Rose Kani (Y), Sharon Chikuta (Y)

This workshop will focus on classroom bias against students of color and how this bias affects their development and success, through the lens of micro-aggressions. Participants will examine their own bias and collaborate with other participants to apply this knowledge in their own settings and create meaningful changes for youth of color in their community.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge on the issue of micro-aggressions
  • Create strategies for reducing micro-aggressions in their community
  • Bring back resources to share

5) Habits & Skills for Lifelong Achievement
Presented by: Terri Mulks & Melissa Cilley

Camp Susan Curtis has been more than just a summer camp for over 40 years. Intentional curriculum and programming build critical skills in an out of school time environment for economically disadvantaged youth with measurable outcomes. With an emphasis on teambuilding, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and character development; CSC campers are gaining skills that are often lacking in youth at risk. Take a look at current curriculum, strategies, and outcomes. Hear from a former camper about the impact camp has had on their life. Join us for an experiential session with activities, discussion, and tools to take home!

Participant Outcomes:

  • Leave with practical application knowledge and information to immediately apply and implement to programs