YMCA Youth Development Summit

I am excited to have the opportunity to speak and present this website at the YMCA Youth Development Summit in October. The conference is in Black Mountain, NC at the beautiful YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. You can find more info about the conference by going to this website YMCA Youth Development Summit! If you are a YMCA staff member passionate about your work in the areas of early childhood, after school programming or working with teens, the Youth Development Summit is for you! This innovative conference will empower attendees through personal and professional leadership training that will help them improve their programs, strengthen their teams, and truly influence the lives of the youth they work with. The Youth Development Summit is also an approved conference for YMCA Leadership Re-certification credit. Kevin Washington the President and CEO of the YMCA of the USA will be one of the keynote speakers. Pamela Davies the President of Queens University of Charlotte and Shannon Matthews the COO of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Workshops are listed below…

1.Character Development in Youth Sports
Character Development in Youth Sports will demonstrate the program
structure of the implementation of character development in youth sports at
the Jerry Long Family YMCA. Workshop will take you step-by-step through a
season of youth sports with an enhanced focus on character
development. The program includes intentional communication with
parents, volunteer coaches and staff along with a “Word of the Week”
program, goal setting program, additional visuals, and a unique magnet
2.Creating Transformational Space: Program Structure that Inspires
Student Voice and Choice
In this workshop we will explore the ways program structure can help to
increase students’ social emotional learning skills. We will focus specifically
on the area of relationship building within programs and how to create
spaces for youth to develop self-management
3.Effective Communication for Site Leads
Mean what you say and say what you mean! Effective communication for
afterschool site leads will give participants an opportunity to identify the
benefits of effective communication and then develop strategies to use with
parents, colleagues and school personnel. Participants will study common
causes of communication conflicts and have a chance to practice effective
strategies to use.
4.Enhancing Character Development Through STEM
This session will explore hands-on strategies to incorporate Character
Education into your STEM projects by enhancing Responsibility, Relationship
Building, and Personal Development.
5.From Ideas to Initiatives-Strategies for Empowering Staff and
Supporting Children using Character Development Practices
With a topic as broad as “Character Development,” it is often difficult to find
a starting point. How do you zoom in on the big picture? How to you bridge
theory into practice? The simple answer is through trial and error, but
common sense is not always common practice. This workshop will share a
variety of CDLI-inspired strategies that have been implemented within our
afterschool program to empower our staff and support the children in our
care. Through sharing our successes (as well as our not-so-successful
teachable moments), we hope to instill participants with the confidence to go
from concept to concrete, turning their grand ideas into initiatives.
6.It’s hard to be great at your job if your job is all you do.
Raise your hand if you feel like you can never get ahead. Do you feel like
your work life consumes all your time even you are off? Are you a self proclaimed workaholic? If you answered yes, this workshop is for you. Let
me take you on my personal journey to find more time and balance in my
life. Over the last year, I have intentionally worked on this
7.Improving Staff Performance and Program Quality Through
A coach is a program professional who helps someone improve. This
workshop focuses on helping staff improve through one-on-one consultation.
The idea is to maximize productivity in the manager-staff relationship by
starting with a foundation of respect and support. How can coaching elevate
program quality? Increase organizational capacity? Develop leadership
competencies? Come to this workshop to find out!
8.Leading with Equity
Join us in a strategic planning session that works to weave together
Character Development and Diversity, Inclusion, and Global
frameworks. Through facilitated and participatory dialogue, we will explore
how DIG work operationalizes Character Development practices. As a team,
we will identify strategies, barriers, and solutions that work towards
advancing Youth
9.LET US Play! A new approach to old games
Tired of seeing your staff play the same old games? Come learn new ways to
modify all the old classics into brand new games. This session will present
the evidence-supported LET US Play principles of removing Lines, eliminating
Elimination, reducing Team size, identifying Uninvolved staff/children, and
modifying Space, equipment, and rules of games commonly played in camp
to maximize children’s physical activity. Dress comfortably and plan to be
10.Planning with Data for Continuous Improvement
Assessment and evaluation can supply a wealth of valuable data about the
quality of a youth program. But assessment just provides the data – a list of
numbers and words. Learning from the data and really using it effectively is
a must for an efficient quality improvement system. That’s what
Planning With Data is all about. This session will prepare participants to
develop effective program improvement plans and to take this planning
process back to their program settings.
11.The Power Of Sharing Ideas!
In this workshop you will learn about how you can make your program 1
percent better by utilizing your community and peers. This sounds easy, but
why don’t we do this more? Are we afraid to ask for help because this may
show weakness? Are we just content on doing what we have always done?
We will answer these questions and talk about the website I created at
http://www.youthprogramfire.com to help you find that fire again. My hope is that
you share and steal one idea to take back to your team and programs!

Let me know if you have questions, I would love to see you on the mountain in October! Check out my website for more fun ideas to steal and share.

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