Inspiring Youth:
Youth Development

Because the best way to insure a positive future is to positively impact our youth.

Relationships: The Cornerstone of Impactful Youth Programs

In this session, participants will discover that safety does not just relate to physical safety, but also social and emotional safety. Staff will be empowered with strategies for providing a socially and emotionally safe space for the youth in their programs. In addition, participants will understand the importance of building relationships with youth and how to begin building those relationships. In longer sessions, participants will be introduced to the “relationship equation” learning strategies for connecting with youth in even the smallest ways.

**Program is anchored by youth development best practices


Pull Them In, Keep Them In: Strategies for Youth Engagement

Participants will learn methods for developing activities where youth are engaged, have the opportunity for self- expression and learn both new knowledge and life skills. Participants will also be introduced to “the hook”: strategies for getting youth excited about activities.

**Program is anchored by youth development best practices


Coaching Skills for Youth Workers

Coaching is a methodology used to inspire and empower.  In this session, participants will learn how to work with youth as a coach; working in partnership toward a common goal.  Participants will learn and practice several coaching skills that can be put into use immediately to improve communication with the youth they serve.  Skills may include intuitive listening, empowering questioning, acknowledging, validating and more.


Youth Development Best Practices

*Based on the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) framework developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality www.cypq.org

Workshops on the following topics:

  • Emotional Safety
  • Accommodating Environment
  • Warm Welcome
  • Session Flow
  • Active Engagement
  • Skill Building
  • Encouragement
  • Managing Feelings
  • Belonging
  • Youth Leadership
  • Interaction with Adults
  • Youth Planning
  • Youth Choice
  • Reflection
  • Responsibility

**Contact Amy for more details


Craft Happy

Say goodbye to “canned” crafts and hello to a home-cooked buffet. Learn how to keep crafting in way that engages more kids, explodes creativity and offers a means for self-expression. Participants will participate in several hands-on activities.  Youth development best practices will be emphasized.


Knives, Glitter and Glue Guns

In this session, participants will discover the value of using traditionally “off limits” tools and materials with youth. In addition to teaching valuable life skills, use of these materials builds trust and common respect between youth and adults. In addition to knives, glitter and glue guns, we will use hammers, screw drivers, flour and more. Be prepared to get messy. Youth development best practices will be emphasized.


Joy with Junk

Your recycling barrel is loaded with treasures! Learn how to use these unconventional materials to create several highly engaging activities. Participants will learn how to use junk to engage youth in both science and art. Youth development best practices will be emphasized.


It Just Takes Two

Great activities don’t require a lot of planning or a lot of expensive materials. In this program, participants will learn how to create a week of activities from just two materials. Several combinations of two will be presented that can be taken back to youth immediately. Participants will then be challenged to create their own take-two activities. Youth development best practices will be emphasized.


Mini Engineers

In this session we will build with Legos, note cards, boxes, junk and more. These projects can then me taken back to youth. Learn how to teach about engineering and important life skills such as perseverance and problem solving through simple building projects. Youth development best practices will be emphasized.