High-quality professional development and technical assistance opportunities are essential to propel the field forward. Opportunities to engage in conferences, series- and/or certificate-based training, mentoring and advocacy, and college coursework strengthen professionals’ ability to provide better care and opportunities for the children and youth in their programs, and deepen their understanding of research and best practices. Professional development is a key component to a career lattice for the field.
RIASPA works with like-minded organizations and associations in the state (namely PASA) to deliver high-quality professional development opportunities to the field. Additionally, we are working with seven other Northeast Afterschool Networks (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities to the region.
Late Winter/Spring 2014 Professional Development
We are pleased to present the RI Statewide Afterschool PD Calendar for afterschool professionals for late winter/spring 2014. Inside, you will find a number of different trainings that will optimize and enhance your practice. We hope to link you with the resources you need to best serve your students. Descriptions of these trainings can be found below; the Calendar and registration form can be downloaded here. NOTE: Registration forms must be received by RIASPA at least three (3) days before each workshop date in order to for you to be registered. For questions, please contact Joseph Morra: firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.444.0615.
RIPQA IN PRACTICE: YOUTH WORK METHODS
March 7 – 28, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Site: Child and Family, 1268 Eddy Street, Providence
Trainers: Maryclaire Knight and Kuni Yasutake
Cost: $15.00 per session, or $50.00 for entire four-part series
Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach
March 7, 2014
Youth programs can be optimized to meet youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series. Learn how to engage youth to participate in your club and/or activity right from the start.
March 14, 2014
Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.
Planning and Reflection
March 21, 2014
Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities, but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy-to-
use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.
Teen Advisory Board
March 28, 2014
Establishing a teen advisory council gives young people tremendous, meaningful leadership experiences and the opportunity to learn about how an organization operates. It has the added benefit of helping to improve your program by making it more youth-driven, which is shown to lead to improved attendance and participation.
PLANNING FOR SUMMER SUCCESS
March 28 and April 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Site: Center for Dynamic Learning, One Louisa Street, Providence
Trainer: Shevaun Keogh-Walker
Cost: $25.00 (you must take both sessions)
Are you interested in increasing the success of your upcoming summer learning program? If so, then come to this two-part workshop series full of great ideas to make your summer learning program the best it can be. The presenter will discuss multiple topics, including utilizing community resources to add depth to your program, understanding research surrounding summer learning loss, hiring and recruitment processes, building strong teams, and creating a schedule and activities that have children coming back day after day.
BASELINE YOUTH WORK CERTIFICATE TRAINING
April 25, May 2, and May 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Site: Cranston YMCA Teen Center, 155 Gansett Avenue, Cranston
Trainers: Kuni Yasutake, Maryclaire Knight, and Shevaun Keogh-Walker
Cost: $40.00 (you must take all three sessions)
This three-part baseline certificate is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are brand new to the out-of-school time field. Sessions will provide a history and overview of the field, an introduction to basic youth development principles, and the ages and stages of child development. Participants will learn about a variety of different types of after school environments youth workers might encounter and will discuss techniques for managing groups and dealing with behavior. Finally, the workshop presenters will help new youth workers build communication skills to better serve and engage with socially and culturally diverse youth and families, as well as essential professional behavior required for youth workers. After finishing this three-part training, participants will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of out-of-school time settings.
Previous Training Materials
RIASPA Summer Learning Symposium Materials (March 16, 2011)
National Summer Learning Association Perspectives on Summer Learning (PowerPoint)