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February 1, 2014

Four experts offer training options for youth workers

SELLERSBURG — Nationally renowned trainers will present five workshops in Sellersburg to help those who work with children fine tune mentoring practices, succeed with difficult students, prevent dropouts and write better grant proposals.

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is bringing four experts March 12 to Sellersburg. Half-day and full-day pricing options are available. Attendees can choose between two different workshops for the morning session and three workshops for the afternoon session, according to a press release.

Designed for youth workers, teachers, youth ministers, family service providers and others who work directly with children, the morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon, while the afternoon trainings run from 2 to 5 p.m.

The morning choices are:

• “When Consequences Don’t Work:Succeeding with Difficult Students.” Former teacher and now education consultant Grace Dearborn will highlight practices that allow youth workers to effectively work with children whose behavior remains trying. The session will focus on both prevention and intervention. Participants will learn when and how to use consequences while modeling respectful communication, teach personal responsibility and de-escalate confrontations.

• “Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards: A Readiness Workshop for Program Participation.” Licensed psychologist and PASSWORD Community Mentoring Founder Dr. Pamela Carrington Rotto focuses on how to use the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards to fit different programs and on helping organizations determine if they are ready to implement the standards. The standards are designed to help mentoring organizations guide, improve and document their work with youth and mentors, as well as show their quality and impact on the community. This morning session builds a foundation for an afternoon session. Attending both sessions is recommended but not required.

 

The three afternoon sessions are:

• “Their Money, Their Rules: What You Need to Prepare a Successful Grant Proposal.” Nonprofit advisor Melissa Brown will cover trends and tactics in successful grant writing proposals. Attendees will learn techniques to help create grant proposals that stand out from the pack and how to increase capacity for quick grant turnaround times. Participants will leave being able to “think like a funder” to increase their chances of securing more funding.

• “Holding Back the Tide of Dropouts.” The Leadership Program vice president of programming Erika Petrelli teaches successful prevention strategies to work with students who are “on the bubble” of dropping out. The session will showcase effective programs that take a student-by-student approach that address issues both within and outside of school.

• “Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards: A Strategy Workshop for Program Implementation.” Rotto returns in this afternoon session to show participants how to incorporate national trends in mentoring and the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards into their own work. The session is designed so participants leave with a work plan to take back to their jobs.

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