Youth Engagement Track

Providers and staff that work directly with youth, especially teens, have been asking for strategies, resources and tools to use. They know the theory – they need things they can apply to practice today. In collaboration with DHS in FY2013, we heard this need again from the live training – Engaging Youth in their Transition to Adulthood.

So the Child Welfare Training Academy developed this blended track of opportunities to learn more on engaging youth. This track includes a webinar, online course and resources to be used directly with youth.

Use the bolded links below to access the various areas of our Youth Engagement Track.

Working Together: A Youth’s Perspectivea live webinar recording

The best way to know what works with youth – is to hear from youth! This webinar is a collaborative effort and includes two young adults that have aged out of foster care; they share their ideas and insights as to what works. Included is an overview of Iowa Aftercare Services Network and the impact it has on participants; along with ideas and strategies to introduce Aftercare to youth so that they will take advantage of the program as they transition to adulthood. Finally we share tools and websites to gain more information.

Engaging Youth: Online Resources and Toolsonline course

So many websites – which ones are good?! Front line staffs are busy; they don’t always have time to explore websites that support their work. This course was designed to walk you through a few sites that have those hands on tools and strategies that have been show to be effective.

Engaging Youth: Strategies for Successonline course

This course will offer strategies to incorporate when working with youth in care.

It is important to remember that each young person is an individual with different needs, at different developmental stages and have different ways to process their life events. Each individual needs strategies that offer services, opportunities and supports for them to be successful. An important aspect of this course is that practical application is included with suggestions on how to incorporate it into daily work when engaging youth.

This was only the beginning… many other resources exist that are good. The Child Welfare Training Academy has created a Resource Library on many topics that impact the field. Included in the topics is Engaging Youth with more websites and links with additional information and tools.

Engaging Youth Resource Library