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INTRODUCING THE POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 101 CURRICULUM
CUCE-NYC Associate Eduardo González, Jr. presented a workshop on the newly developed Positive Youth Development 101 curriculum at the Partnership for Afterschool Education at Pace University in Lower Manhattan on July 21, 2015.
González, Jr. is the New York State Diversity, Research Partnership Development, and Youth Development Specialist.
During this dynamic workshop in July, he introduced participants to the highly interactive PYD 101 curriculum, which was developed at the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.
González, Jr. provided participants with an overview of the key principles of youth development covered in the curriculum.
The 10-hour curriculum is structured in five distinct sections:
- Positive Youth Development: theoretical underpinnings and key principles of positive youth development; brief review of adolescent development
- Positive Youth Outcomes: positive outcomes and strategies to build these outcomes
- Youth Voice and Engagement: opportunities for meaningful engagement; overcoming adultism
- Youth Development Programming: features of effective youth development settings and youth-centered learning approaches
- Youth Worker Competencies: competency frameworks, boundaries, and ethical dilemmas
Participants discussed distinct approaches for implementing the training curriculum with their respective staff and/or program.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS IN TRINIDAD
In March 2015, Eduardo González, Jr. and CUCE-NYC Associate Michele Luc facilitated two consecutive Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 professional development workshops at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. The workshops were sponsored by The Center for Human Development (TCHD) Limited.
During the day-long conference, Positive Youth Development: In Order to Help We Must Understand, held on March 23, 2015, González, Jr. and Luc co-presented an overview of the positive youth development approach.
Between March 24 and March 26, close to 79 professionals from a range of organizations across Trinidad and Tobago, including the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development; the Ministry of Education; the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force; the National Parent Teacher Association of Trinidad and Tobago; as well as members of the faith community, psychiatrists and school counselors attended the PYD 101 workshop.
The Center for Human Development (TCHD) Limited Director Hanif Benjamin, shared his thoughts on PYD 101 work in Trinidad:
“The Center for Human Development Ltd extends profound thanks to the team from Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City for taking time to be with us here in Trinidad and Tobago as we delivered the Positive Youth Development Project. It was a resounding success and we look forward to many more collaborations.”
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 101 TRAINING OF TRAINERS
On April 6-7, 2015, Jutta Dotterweich and Eduardo González, Jr. offered a two-day PYD 101 Training of Trainers workshop in New York City. Dotterweich is the director of training and technical assistance for the ACT for Youth project.
The 16 youth-work professionals who attended this two-day workshop represented a range of community-based organizations including the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Police Athletic League, Maspeth Town Hall Community Center, Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, Grand Street Settlement, Huntington Youth Bureau and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.
Dotterweich and González, Jr. provided participants not only with an overview of the brand-new PYD 101 curriculum but also with supplemental background information on themes such as adolescent development, research supporting positive youth development, and youth development programming.
They also facilitated a discussion on strategies for implementing PYD 101 within participants’ respective agencies and/or programs.
PYD 101 BASICS TRAINING FOR LONG ISLAND NUTRITION EDUCATORS
Eduardo González, Jr. facilitated a one-day PYD 101 Basics professional development workshop in Suffolk County on June 29, 2015 for 11 community educators and one CUCE-NYC Family & Youth Development program summer intern in preparation for their nutrition and health summer educational programs.
Topics such as Positive Youth Development, Positive Youth Outcomes, Youth Voice and Engagement, Youth Development Programming were covered at the workshop.
In addition to engaging in the dynamic, hands-on, experiential learning process embedded in the curriculum, participants also had an opportunity to express the concerns, anxieties and challenges they have experienced or expected to experience when working with youth.
In their post-workshop evaluations, participants indicated feeling much more comfortable and prepared to work more effectively with their respective youth audiences.