As youth are now learning virtually amid COVID-19, the Denver Afterschool Alliance and DQUAC are working on providing out-of-school time professionals the resources they need to continue their professional development and self-care. 

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The Denver Quality Afterschool Connection

 

Mission: DQUAC is a communications network, a support system, and a collaborative environment for youth serving organizations.

Our purpose:

  • to support quality programming through sharing best practices and offering professional development

  • to contribute expertise to initiatives, organizations and efforts in the Denver Metro

  • to raise public awareness and support for OST programming as a research-proven method to increase youth’s success in school and life, support families and improve communities.

DQUAC is

 

  • a communication network, a support system, and a collaborative environment for youth serving organizations.

  • a cultivator of collaboration, innovation, and networking that foster a city-wide perspective among our members.

  • a supporter of quality programming through professional development and sharing of best practices among members and contributes its expertise to citywide youth-focused initiatives.

Session 1: How to Host a Virtual Meeting/Training for Adults

Facilitators: Melanie Kartzmer, Program Manager, Denver Afterschool Alliance and Abbe Knake, Talent and Development Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Denver

Description: Transitioning meetings and training to a virtual space can be difficult. How do you still engage, connect, and learn together through a screen? Come learn about many of the Zoom tips & tricks to facilitate an effective meeting or training for adults. 

 

Tuesday, April 14 - 11am-12:30pm | Register here for this training

Session 2: Team Building in the virtual world - how to keep your staff engaged

Facilitator: Adam Kullberg, Interim Executive Director, Pop Culture Classroom

Description: In this new climate, it can become easier for staff to feel isolated, disconnected, or siloed. In this session, we will discuss and brainstorm strategies for keeping staff engaged, motivated, and connected. 

Monday, April 20- 10am-12pm | Register here for this training

Session 3: Infusing Positive Youth Development & Youth Program Quality into Virtual Offerings for Youth

Facilitator: John Lewis, Network Lead, Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: As providers shift over to virtual classes maintaining a focus on program quality is more important than ever. Join us to explore ways to effectively engage young people with a positive youth development (PYD) and youth program quality (YPQ).

Friday, April 24- 10am-12pm | Register here for this training

Session 4: Building Your Career - Resume & Interviewing 101

Facilitator: Heather Intres, Associate Director, Extended Learning & Community Schools, Denver Public Schools and Melanie Kartzmer, Program Manager, Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: The out-of-school time field is striving for the next level of professionalism, and it starts with YOU. This will be a highly tactical training where participants will gain skills to enhance their resume and practice interview techniques. 

Monday, May 4- 10am-12pm | Register here for this training

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