DQUAC Professional Development Opportunities

2019-2020 DQUAC No-Show Policy:

We truly value our facilitators’ time, and we always want to make sure that we can give them an accurate count of registrations in advance of the training, as it impacts material preparation and facilitation styles.

 

We expect all registered participants to attend the training. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you cancel your registration through Eventbrite or notify us at least 24 hours in advance.

If you do not show up to three trainings that you registered for, the DQUAC Leadership Team reserves the right to revoke your privileges to attend DQUAC trainings and may reach out to the leadership of your organization if a pattern of no-shows occurs.

Note: DQUAC is dedicated to creating a safe and accessible space for everyone who participates in our trainings and events. We welcome persons of all abilities and will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you need a specific accommodation for any training, please contact  Melanie_kartzmer@dpsk12.org or 720-423-1803 as soon as possible so we can make arrangements.

January-February 2020

Facilitator: Jonathan Charles McMillan, Director, Be Better Than Average

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: Who am I? Who am I supposed to be? How do I show up in the world? How am I supposed to show up? What if I don’t feel comfortable with the identity or in the role that others assign to me? How do I decide and stand strong in who I want to be? These are all questions that even adults struggle to answer and it is incredibly difficult for young people who are just discovering the world. They are reliant upon the trusted adults in their lives for inspiration, encouragement, advice, assistance and an expectation of reciprocal accountability when it comes to figuring out who they need to be in order to be empowered to be who they want to be.

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn the skills and strategies to facilitate challenging conversations with the young people

  • Develop techniques to help youth form their own identities and be comfortable with whom they choose to be.

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round table discussion; Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

I Am Better Than Average: Authentically Supporting Young People to Discover and Build Empowered Identities

Facilitator: John Lewis, Data and Quality Manager/Network Lead, Denver Public Schools & Denver Afterschool Alliance

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

Description: A Denver Afterschool Alliance workshop designed to be an introduction to quality in afterschool programs and to explore ways that your site and/or organization can engage in deeper continuous quality improvement work.

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn the history of Denver’s quality work and the current Denver landscape.

  • Engage with the Denver Afterschool Alliance’s Pillars of Quality and discover how they connect to your program(s).

  • Explore a variety of quality measures that may be useful to your organization.

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Site leads, managers and organization representatives interested in connecting to the Denver Afterschool Alliance and understanding the quality work in which it is engaged.

Quality 101    

Facilitator: Amy Brady, Founder, StandUP

 

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

Description: Human beings have a negativity bias.  In short, we give more weight to “bad” or “negative” experiences and emotions than the positive ones.  In building our awareness of this bias, we can intentionally seek out and notice the positive, enhancing our day-to-day experience.  The work of youth development is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. If we allow our negativity bias take over, then we become increasingly overwhelmed, stressed and burned out, losing sight of all the beautiful and fulfilling moments in the day.  

 

During this workshop participants will develop an understanding of their own negativity bias and how it impacts their work.  We will discover what to put in it’s place, developing several strategies for intentionally celebrating the positive every day.

 

Takeaways:

  • Discover the impact of a negativity bias

  • Develop strategies for replacing a negativity bias with a more positive approach

 

Session Style: Round table discussion and interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Let's Celebrate! Overcoming our negativity

Facilitator: Kelly Andrews, Founder & Mindfulness Consultant; Sunhearted LLC

 

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (2017 W 9th Ave Denver, CO 80204) - JC Owen Board Room

 

Description: Join us for this two-part interactive training where we will learn how mindfulness can encourage emotional regulation in young people, and why that is important for executive functioning and mental health. We will explore how mindfulness can empower youth to be in control of their experience and discover mindfulness practices and attitudes that can be easily integrated into your environment. Participants will have the opportunity to practice new mindfulness skills with peers and get feedback from the group.

*Attendance in both sessions is required. Please also register for Part II.*

Takeaways:

  • Understand the effect of mindfulness on the brain. 

  • Assemble a toolbox of go-to mindfulness activities and games. 

  • Acquire skills to utilize mindfulness in day-to-day interactions with young people.

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round table discussion; Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; New to youth development

Integrating Mindfulness into Youth Service Settings (Part 1 of 2)

Facilitator: Rose Barcklow, Sex Education Specialist, Denver Public Schools

 

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: If you've ever been approached by a student who asked a question about sexual health and you felt unprepared to answer the question, this workshop is for you. This training will help after school providers develop the skills to answer students questions about healthy sexuality and create an inclusive and safe environment for all youth to thrive. 

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn the Answering Questions Protocol

  • Practice the Answering Questions Protocol

  • Develop basic knowledge about human development 

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

How Do I Answer Questions about Healthy Sexuality??!!

Facilitator: Kelly Andrews, Founder & Mindfulness Consultant; Sunhearted LLC

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

Description: This is the second part of a two-part interactive training where we will learn how to incorporate mindfulness in youth programs. We will continue exploring emotional regulation, how mindfulness can empower youth, and how to integrate these practices into your environment. Participants will have the opportunity to practice new mindfulness skills with peers and get feedback from the group.

 

*Attendance in both sessions is required. Please also register for Part I.*

Takeaways:

  • Understand the effect of mindfulness on the brain. 

  • Assemble a toolbox of go-to mindfulness activities and games. 

  • Acquire skills to utilize mindfulness in day-to-day interactions with young people.

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round table discussion; Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; New to youth development

Integrating Mindfulness into Youth Service Settings (Part 2 of 2)

Facilitator: John Lewis, Data and Quality Manager & Network Lead, Denver Public Schools & Denver Afterschool Alliance

 

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: Join the Denver Afterschool Alliance to discover how participants of the DAA’s Systems Building work utilize the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention to impact the quality of their programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn key components of the program intervention process and have the opportunity to explore the Youth Program Quality Assessment.

Takeaways:

  • Understand the continuous quality improvement process that is used by DAA participants.

  • Explore and grow personal knowledge of the Youth Program Quality Intervention process and the Youth Program Quality Assessment.

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Youth developers who want to dive deeper into the world of program quality, are curious about using the Program Quality Assessment at their site/organization, or are current participants of the DAA that are new to their role (e.g., newly hired site leads or managers).

Quality 201: Continuous Quality Improvement Basics    

Facilitators: SEAL Coaches, Denver Afterschool Alliance

 

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) is important to access at all time. It is more difficult for adults and youth to access this skills in times of stress or intense emotion.  Participants will learn strategies and practice how to respond to difficult youth behavior, reflecting on their own needs and triggers while leveraging SEAL and SEAL rich strategies. Learn how to accompany youth through an intense emotional experience.

 

Takeaways:

  • Self-reflection tools

  • Strategies for responding to challenging behavior

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads

Leveraging SEAL in Tough Situations  

Facilitator: Joey Pace, Youth Success Director Office of Children's Affairs, City and County of Denver

 

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: This session will educate participants on why it is important to have equitable youth and adult partnerships in youth programs and how this can lead to a more engaging and impactful program. Participants will be asked to engage throughout providing experiences, successes, and barriers from having their program have more equitable adult-youth partnerships.

 

Takeaways:

  • Participants will come to understand why equitable youth and adult partnerships are critical to youth programs and how to better advocate for these partnerships.

  • Participants will better understand what steps they can take, regardless of the size of the program, to implement these partnerships.

  • Participants will know how to access how well they are doing in the implementation of these partnerships.

Session Style: Lecture, Round table discussion, Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; New to youth development

Equitable Partnerships With Youth: Why and How to Make It Happen In Your Program

Facilitators: DQUAC Leadership Team

 

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Denver Zoo (2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO, 80205)

Description: Back by popular demand-- I <3 OST is here again! We love out-of-school time (OST). You love out-of-school time. So come join the DQUAC community in a celebration of the incredible work that we all do as out of school time professionals. In this engaging and celebratory 3 hour session, you’ll have the chance to celebrate with your colleagues and staff, build meaningful connections outside of your organization and learn from the field, and explore your own journey in the OST field. Take the day to be recognized for all of the hard work that you do and let DQUAC celebrate YOU! Bring your teams, and mark your calendars today!

 

Session Style:  Interactive workshop, panel discussion, & networking

 

Recommended for: Site staff, managers, and all OST professionals who need some appreciation and love!

Breakfast will be served.

I <3 OST

Facilitator: Diana Romero Campbell, President, Scholars Unlimited

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Location: Prodigy Coffeehouse (3801 East 40th Avenue Denver, CO 80205)


Description: Come grab coffee and get to know other Executive Directors/CEOs working in youth development in the Denver metro area. We will discuss our successes and challenges, strategize on how to work collaboratively towards common goals, and have some fun!


Takeaways:

  • Relationships with your colleagues at peer organizations

  • Inspiration and suggestions for challenges you are facing

  • Stronger collaborative network of youth development professionals

 

Session Style: Round table discussion & networking

Recommended for: Executive Directors, CEO, organizational leaders

Coffee & Conversation: Youth Development Executive Director Meetup- February 2020

Facilitator: Robert Franklin, Programs Manager, Children's Hospital Colorado

 

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (2017 W 9th Ave Denver, CO 80204) - JC Owen Board Room

 

Description: Bias exists, it's alive and well.  Our biases lead us to do and say things we think are well intended, and still manage to impact our youth and co-workers negatively.  In this session, we will talk about how sometimes, what we say isn't what we mean, and where the disconnect comes from.

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn about the biases we all have, and how to mitigate their impact.

  • Observe and engage with microaggressions found in everyday life and examine their impact.

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round-table discussion

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organizational Leadership; New to youth development

You're Doing It, and You (probably) Don't Even Know It… - Exploring Our Biases

Facilitator: Tash Mitchell, My Outdoor Colorado Coordinator at Cole, cityWILD 

 

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: After school providers offer an array of activities that are aimed at getting youth of color into nature and the outdoors in an effort to help youth develop a love of nature and an attitude of outdoor stewardship. Often, this push to get youth outside is done with an underlying assumption that youth of color lack an appreciation for and a connection with the outdoors.  This workshop will encourage after school educators to re-evaluate the ways in which they engage youth of color in nature and the outdoors through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lens. 

 

Takeaways:

  • Differentiate between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Explore the ways in which youth are already connected to nature and the outdoors

  • Identify barriers to racial equity and inclusion in nature and the outdoors  

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; New to youth development

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Youth in Nature and the Outdoors

Facilitator: Lorin Wakefield, Youth Development Specialist, CDPHE

 

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

 

Description: Positive Youth Development, “PYD” is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. This training is open to youth serving professionals or anyone interested in youth wellbeing.

 

Takeaways:

  • Identify components of adolescent development

  • Define Positive Youth development and key principles

  • Explore how to start applying PYD principles to work settings

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round table discussion; Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organizational Leadership; New to youth development

Positive Youth Development

Facilitator: Kailey Otten, School Programs Coordinator, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

 

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Schlessman YMCA (3901 E Yale Avenue Denver, CO 80210) - Community Room on the 2nd Floor

 

Description: In this session, participants will learn about refugees and asylees at a global, national, and local level. We will process the unique struggles and triumphs of refugee youth both academically and socially through activities and discussion and consider strategies for connecting and working with refugee youth and their families in various settings. 

 

Takeaways:

  • In-depth knowledge of refugee resettlement and the state of resettlement in Colorado

  • Strategies for working with refugee youth

  • Resources to help connect with refugee youth and their families

 

Session Style: Lecture; Round table discussion; Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organizational Leadership; New to youth development; Anyone interested in learning more about refugees

Refugee Youth: Challenges, Barriers and Factors that Influence Successful Integration

Facilitator: Kyle Bixenmann, Manager of External Training, Mount Saint Vincent

 

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

Description: This the first part of a two part series about providing trauma-informed support to young people.  This session will explore how the brain develops and organizes, including the elements that come together to create positive development in young people.  Next, we will look at how trauma impacts brain development and how we can reframe challenging behavior using trauma-informed key concepts to help us respond more supportively.  Finally, we will discuss an overview of strategies to help support young people before, during, and after a challenging situation to help them regulate and learn from the situation.

*Attendance in both sessions is required. Please also register for Part II.*

Takeaways:

  • A model for understanding brain organization and development

  • Key trauma-informed concepts that help to reframe young people's challenging behavior

  • An overview of strategies to help support young people, before, during, and after a challenging situation.

 

Session Style: Lecture & Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Foundations of a Trauma-Informed Approach (Part 1 of 2)