Powerful Training – by Youth, for Professionals

The Y.O.U.T.H. TRAINING PROJECT turns the table on continuing education by putting your clients –current and former foster youth – in front of the classroom to offer potent insights on working effectively with youth. Our youth trainers draw from their experiences as consumers of the child welfare system and you will realize immediate benefits to your work with youth.

Our county-funded training program for child welfare professionals includes a menu of modules, which you can mix-and-match according to your needs and interests. Throughout the very participatory training, you will be able to interact with youth in a way that you cannot when they are your clients. And by prior arrangement, you may walk through our Museum of Lost Childhoods and see how youth in your care can process their grief and develop resiliency.

YTP training is facilitated by current and former foster youth, who have completed the YTP Leadership Institute. In the youth-designed and delivered training, you’ll see how foster youth can excel with the principles of positive youth development—and how you can use the same principles.

The following modules can be combined to produce either a half-day (3-4 hours) or full-day (6-7 hours) program. For more information about bringing the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project to your organization, email us.

Training Modules

I’m Too Sexy For My Social Worker
In this training, child welfare professionals and former foster youth trainers will explore sexual development questions that youth need answers to while in care, how brain development informs sexual decision making, and how to initiate a child welfare version of “The Talk.” The curriculum also reviews trauma’s effect on adolescents’ sexual decision making.
(3 hours)

Extended Foster Care/After 18
In this training, participants will learn from the youth perspective how AB 12 can change the world. Youth share how to best introduce TAY (transition age youth) to AB 12 and how to empower them to utilize this resource to transform their lives.

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back
In this training, participants will gain a richer understanding about serving youth in group home care and the juvenile justice system. They will learn the value of including youth in their case planning by gaining knowledge and empathy for the experiences that lead youth to behaviors that stigmatize themselves and often bewilder adults.
(60 minutes)

Restorative Circles
In this training, participants learn and apply the philosophy and practice of “restorative justice” as an alternative to the traditional “consequence/punishment” model for responding to negative or criminal behavior of foster youth.
(60 minutes)

Understand Me Entirely
In this training, participants will learn to identify four domains of successful adolescent development and understand how grief, loss, and attachment wounds can lead to youths’ “challenging behavior.” Participants will emerge with deeper insight into youth experience and motivation, moving beyond a diagnosis-based strategy.
(60 minutes)

Crisis Consensus
Youth welfare workers will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations by understanding how to differentiate between a “crisis” borne from lack of tolerance for normal teenage behavior, and when a youth is actually “in crisis” – the result of a significant event, such as the death of a loved one or a family of origin crisis. Participants will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations, and choose responses that will best support the youth with the least disruption to their lives.
(80 minutes)

Independent Living Plan Readiness
Participants will be encouraged to teach youth independence skills at all ages and stages of development, rather than looking at ILP readiness as a specific point in a youth’s life. Participants will also learn how to help youth gain the specific skills they need for independence.
(60 minutes)

Pooling Resources: Positive Youth Development
Participants will develop an understanding of positive youth development and its importance to any work with transition-age youth. The participants will be introduced to specific practices that support positive youth development, as well as to resources in the community that can help support the practice of positive youth development.
(80 minutes)

For more information, email us.