DAA SEAL Trainings

The Denver Afterschool Alliance SEAL Initiative is excited to offer you professional learning sessions this August!  We recognize that these are uncertain times, and while we will be publishing our full September-December training schedule in early September, we want to support YOU as a professional to be your best self in supporting young people and each other.

Now is more important than ever to dig into emotional intelligence, explore the Social Emotional Competencies, and connect with others in the field. Facilitators are youth development professionals trained through StandUP. 

 

SEAL Bite-Size: The Importance of Difference in Belonging 

Date: Thursday, September 3
Time: 1pm-2:15pm
Location: Via Zoom

Description: BELONGING IS SAFETY. We all want to belong to something.  When we first enter a new group, often our differences are at the forefront of our minds, and our actions follow.  When we show up fully for our students, we see this connection.  We are poised support young people in celebrating their differences, offering support from a new vantage point. 

 

Discover: 

  • that being different is something we all feel 

  • how an absence of belonging can lead to difficult feelings and behaviors 

  • small steps you can take to encourage belonging 

 

Register here. 

 

SEAL Expand: Relationships

Date: Wednesday, September 9
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Via Zoom

Description: INVEST IN MOMENTS. We believe relationships are built (or broken), in a series of moments, and that fostering a sense of belonging is essential for all to thrive. Knowing how to build positive, youth-friendly relationships, and understanding exactly what to avoid in the process, is an invaluable skill set for every youth-serving adult.

 

Discover…

  • why relationships matter

  • the importance of belonging

  • how trust is something you can bank on

  • how to make the most of every moment

  • mistakes you might be making, and how to own them

  • what it takes to be a positive adult role model

 

Register here. 

SEAL Bite-Size: Recognizing Bias 

Date: Tuesday, September 15
Time: 1pm-2:15pm
Location: Via Zoom

 

Description: WE ALL HAVE BLIND SPOTS. Our blind spots impact how we show up with one another and how we show up with the youth we serve.  When we make a conscious choice to uncover our biases, equity enters the forefront, and we intentionally show up as our best with ALL students. 

Discover: 

  • common biases that may show up in a youth program 

  • the ripple effect of our unchecked bias

  • how building our self-awareness can lead to positive action and impact 

 

Register here. 

 

SEAL Expand: Planning

Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location: Via Zoom

Description: CARING ENOUGH TO MANAGE THE DETAILS. It is our job to control the things we can: our lessons, time, space and materials. Planning ahead with intentionality allows us to focus on children in the moment, which is always the point. The message young people get with each well-thought-out lesson plan, choice of materials, or age-appropriate option, is that they matter.

 

 

Discover…

  • how to become a genius at managing materials

  • basic lesson-planning strategies

  • effective space planning for greater engagement

  • practical time management techniques

  • simple clean-up plans to help you rock what’s next

  • thoughtful back-up plans (exhale!)

 

Register here. 

SEAL Bite-Size: Transitions

Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1pm-2:15pm
Location: Via Zoom

 

Description: EVERY MOMENT COUNTS. Each moment is an opportunity for engagement. Each moment is an opportunity to build relationships. When we minimize the time and maximize the value of transition time, adults relax and children thrive.

Discover:

  • how to proactively plan for transitions

  • the ripple effect when we neglect transition planning

  • which transition strategies are effective in which situations

 

Register here. 

SEAL Expand: Presence

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Via Zoom

Description: SHOWING UP MATTERS. Being truly present means consciously choosing to show up with a heightened level of awareness. And it matters big-time! Positive or negative—the choice is always ours, and either way, count on a ripple effect. Once we understand that our adult actions and attitudes have a direct impact on the youth we serve (and all who support them), we can choose to show up differently.

 

Discover…

  • mindful strategies for showing up positively

  • the ripple effect of adult attitudes & behaviors

  • how your presence impacts relationships

  • how to leave your “stuff” at the door

 

Register here. 

SEAL Ignite 

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Via Zoom

Description: THE SPARK STARTS WITH YOU. You’ve chosen to impact future generations. 

WHAT IF… you could foster a true sense of belonging in any group – simply by leaving your stuff and the door, and showing up fully?  Could it change your impact?  In this introductory workshop, we will begin connecting the dots between adult/youth relationships, effective planning and powerful adults presence. 

 

Discover: 

  • what SEAL means and why it matters 

  • your role in supporting the SEAL development in young people 

  • how your own personal development is part of the process 

  • the three pivotal areas for creating impactful SEAL-inspired youth programs 

  • what it means to inspire positive behavior 

  • the connection between your why and your work 

 

Register here.