May Training Calendar

The full May Training Calendar is now online, chock full of selections for your professional development during quarantine. Register through the calendar by clicking on any event that catches your eye.

I want to highlight a special web meeting that will presented for us by Regina Firpo-Triplett of dFusion/ETR: Introducing SkillFlix. SkillFlix is a web-based application specifically designed for educators who teach sexual health to adolescents. It is centered around a streaming library of brief videos that model critical educator skills and micro-skills using real-life scenarios. The scenarios focus on answering sensitive questions and being inclusive of LGBTQ youth. This virtual professional development tool will be made available to CAPP, PREP, and SRAE from mid-May through mid-July only. Register for the May 14, 2pm Introducing SkillFlix meeting to find out more and learn how to access this excellent—but time-limited–resource.

Also, the popular Reading Club is back beginning May 15. We will post reading selections (and sometimes a video) each Monday on the blog. If you have articles to suggest, please let us know any time!

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

First Week of May: Virtual Provider Meeting!

We had to postpone this year’s provider meeting in Albany, but thanks to your colleagues’ willingness to step up we are bringing you a Virtual Provider Meeting! During the first week in May, everyone is welcome to choose from any of the offerings below, or come to them all. There is no limit on the number of staff who may participate. (With so many other choices, there will not be a meeting of the reading club this week.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

9:30 AM

Findings from the Adolescent Sexual Health Research Study

Presented by Amanda Purington, ACT for Youth
Join Mandy for a deep dive into what we learned from young people and practitioners in New York State.

Register here for Findings from the Adolescent Sexual Health Research Study.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

9:00 AM

ACEs and Resiliency

Presented by Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth
The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) changed how we think about trauma and support for people who have experienced or live with trauma. Similarly, resiliency studies have altered how we understand people’s ability to overcome adversity. In this webinar we will draw on key findings of both investigations to identify themes and strategies that will help us support young people as they navigate the traumatic experiences of living through the COVID-19 crisis.

Register here for ACEs and Resiliency.

10:30 AM

Self-Care and Other Things You Don’t Have Time For

Presented by Heather Wynkoop Beach, ACT for Youth
In the everyday world, self-care can easily become an afterthought. Seven weeks into a global pandemic, it is right up there with food, shelter, and Netflix. Spend an hour with us learning small–and maybe even some unconventional–self-care strategies to help you make it through.

Register here for Self-Care and Other Things You Don’t Have Time For.

2:00 PM

Panel: Current Social Media Outreach Efforts

Presented by staff from Community Health Care Network, AIDS Community Resources, St. Lawrence Health, and Center for Community Alternatives
Find examples of how providers are using social media here: https://bit.ly/capp-prep-social-media

Register here for Current Social Media Outreach Efforts.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM

Growing Youth Educators: Teaching Beyond the “Manual”

Presented by Teresa Casullo, CAPP Manager Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Region 2 (formerly Mohawk Hudson)
The goal of the session is to provide professionals who work with peer educators or youth groups the space to learn how to deepen training and support for our most valuable resource: young people, and adequately prepare them with the skills and confidence to respond to the broad range of informational and value-based questions they may encounter. Both seasoned and new youth group leaders are welcome to learn and share experiences.

Register here for Growing Youth Educators.

10:30 AM

Talking Pleasure: Creating Opportunities in Sex Education to Incorporate Pleasure

Presented by Ema Eyasmin (she/her), Youth Programs Coordinator, and
Dolores Polanco (she/her), Senior Sexuality Educator,
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
This workshop will share innovative strategies Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s Education and Training Department has used to create spaces outside of traditional workshop settings for meaningful discussions about pleasure. We will share how activities, such as interactive games, and programming, such as our “pop-up”-shops-styled outreach and our TED-talk-styled college tours allowed us to engage youth in pleasure and sexual health conversations. Participants will also develop one idea to incorporate pleasure into their own programming.

Register here for Talking Pleasure.

2:00 PM

Building Bridges: Fostering Positive Youth Development Through School and Community Engagement

Presented by Genesis Ramos and Margot Balzer, Hudson River Health Care
Positive youth development requires a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach in order to close gaps and create enabling environments. In this workshop the importance of school and community engagement will be discussed, as well as best practices in achieving successful engagement. Ways to be responsive during COVID-19 will be discussed as well. Participants will also explore why working together enhances programmatic outcomes beyond grant requirements and organizational missions.

Register here for Building Bridges.

Introducing Work Groups and Reading Club

Since we are all working from home and much of our regular work is suspended for the time being, we have a rare opportunity for professional development and collaborative work. So at the all-provider learning community meeting this past Tuesday, the TA Team introduced new vehicles for moving forward: online work groups and a book/article club.

In the learning community meeting Heather also went over basics for Zoom meetings from the perspective of participants (00:53 – 08:07) and Michele reported on the results of last week’s survey (08:44 – 22:34). Here is the recording, and here are the PDF slides – you’ll also find them on the Webinars page.

What are Work Groups?

The goal of work groups is to collaboratively develop youth-friendly materials on specific topics: STI/HIV prevention, pregnancy prevention, and healthy relationships (for starters)–and we plan to add a group on social media outreach soon. Using best practices in online learning, we’ll work together to develop resources that:

  • Teachers can use now in online learning platforms
  • Providers can use in component 2 virtual sessions with young people
  • Providers can use for outreach to youth and parents
  • Providers can use in summer programming

Work groups will meet weekly with an ACT for Youth trainer facilitating. Participants will work on projects in between sessions and present their work the following week.

To keep the work groups a manageable size, pick your favorite topic—please don’t sign up for all of them. Agency staff might want to spread out among the groups rather than all signing on to the same group. You can register for group meetings directly from the training calendar.

These work groups are voluntary, but we hope you’ll actively join in! If we can judge by the chat response at our recent meeting, folks seem enthusiastic about taking this on.

What is the Reading Club?

On Fridays we would like to introduce a new professional development opportunity: a book/article discussion group open to CAPP, PREP, and SRAE. We’ll send articles around and facilitate a discussion on the readings. We won’t present on or review the material—we ask you to read the articles first, then we’ll use our time on Friday to discuss how it applies to our work. If you have an article you’d like to share, please let us know! Check back here for links to the first readings.

– The TA Team

Online Professional Development: Things You Can Do in April!

As promised I will share with you online learning opportunities that are posted across the country by different networks and national TA providers.

Leaders of Learning: This course on learning theories is offered by EdX: HarvardX. Faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education facilitate this course until mid-June. It is free; work load 4-6 hours per week; a certificate can be purchased. Starts today.

Staying Connected: How to Foster Student SEL Growth Through Remote Learning: Youth Communications will offer this interactive seminar on Thursday, April 2, 3:00-4:00. The seminar will explore the methods and strategies educators are using to stay connected with students and foster SEL growth during this time.

2020 National Service-Learning Conference: The National Youth Leadership Council is sponsoring this free, virtual conference April 16-17. Register by April 13. Session topics range from youth voice and civic engagement to education equity and reflection.

Motivational Interviewing – Enhancing Engagement & Improving Conversations. This is a two-part webinar, taking place on Monday, April 20 & Wednesday, April 22. You must register separately for each event. This interactive, online training will review and make relevant the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will explore how and when to employ this evidence-based practice to support behavior change. Tailored case scenarios will be used to provide hands on, in real time, practice opportunities focusing on substance-misuse-prevention conversations.

Have fun! Stay tuned for more opportunities!

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

New Training Outlook for 2020

We would like introduce a few new features to our training calendar this year. But first things first.

The 2020 Training Calendar is Up!

The 2020 CAPP and PREP Training Calendar, which lists our standard trainings, is now available on the ACT website. Since staff turnover in CAPP and PREP happens fairly regularly, we see the need to offer these trainings every year. We will continue to add additional web sessions. Also, the new Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) grantees will be joining us in many of the regional trainings.

New Learning Collaboratives

This year we want to pilot three new learning collaboratives. Notices will go out soon. Our learning collaboratives are groups of educators and/or supervisors who meet online (via Zoom) to discuss certain critical topics. ACT for Youth training and technical assistance staff lead these meetings. Participation is optional.

  • A learning collaborative for new educators, facilitated by Marisol: This will be an opportunity for new staff to network with other new staff, share challenges, and learn from each other.
  • A learning collaborative for experienced educators, facilitated by Michele: This will be a forum for seasoned staff to explore new strategies, fine-tuning and advancing their skills.
  • A learning collaborative focused on Parent Engagement, facilitated by Heather: We would like to restart this group (originally attempted a couple of years ago) and invite all educators and supervisors interested in this challenging topic.

In addition, we will continue the Supervisor Learning Collaborative, facilitated by me, that will meet monthly starting in March. New members are always welcome!

Announcing: Traveling Workshops

We have a truly new training offering for the new decade! This year we will offer two different half-day (3 hour) workshops, one on self-care and one on youth engagement/classroom management. And we will offer them on request, which means we will travel to you to do the workshop. This way we will be able to offer training in different parts of the state and maybe engage more staff as well. All it takes is a training space for roughly 10-12 people. At your invitation, we will recruit staff from nearby CAPP and PREP providers and provide the workshop at your site.

We are currently developing the workshop material, but will be ready to accommodate requests starting in the spring. So let us know if you are interest in hosting one of these workshops!

~ Jutta

Jutta Dotterweich
Jutta Dotterweich

The time for CAPP observations has come!

Some of you may remember that ACT for Youth used to set up visits to observe CAPP educators implementing a module of their evidence-based program. The main goal of observations was to assess the quality of program facilitation. We have not done CAPP observations yet in this new funding cycle. But as before, the grant requires ACT for Youth to do one observation per project within the funding cycle. Since you are in year 3, the time has come to start scheduling observations.

Currently, PREP providers are used to annual observation visits by ACT for Youth. And so are the providers who implement TOP. In their case it is part of the licensing requirements set by Wyman.

What can you expect?

The TA/Evaluation support teams will contact Health Educator Supervisors to schedule an observation visit. We will ask you about dates and times of current EBP cycles. We usually avoid observing the first and last sessions. We will negotiate the best time with you and your educator and work out the logistics (meeting time, place, etc.). We will use the facilitator observation form that is available on the Observation Protocols and Tools page.

What happens afterwards?

After the observation we will be available for some immediate feedback. Two days after the observation we will send the observation report to the Health Educator Supervisor and the DOH Program Advisor. If the report indicates the need for facilitation improvement, we will be available to provide support and guidance.

Next steps

We will start contacting Health Educator Supervisors to schedule observations before schools let out. Obviously we won’t be able to do all of the CAPP projects this year. Some of you will hear from us in the fall or next year. If you have any questions please let us know.

~ Jutta

ACT for Youth TA/Evaluation Support Team: Michele, Jenny, Marisol, Jutta, Mandy, Brian, and Heather
ACT for Youth TA/Evaluation Support Team:
Michele, Jenny, Marisol, Jutta, Mandy, Brian, and Heather

The Learning Collaborative for Supervisors Is Starting Up Again!

Last year we held a series of meetings for supervisors to explore their responsibilities and tasks. We discussed challenges and best practices, and many of you shared your own experiences, challenges, and effective strategies. We covered a range of topics such as new educator orientation and professional development, team management, handling personality conflicts, community outreach, and recruiting new sites.

New supervisors have joined the ranks of CAPP and PREP since then. We would like to start up a new series of online learning collaborative meetings for supervisors in April. Following last year’s model we’ll start with an overview of effective supervisory strategies for CAPP and PREP. Next we will identify issues supervisors are interested in, and based on those interests we will offer monthly meetings via Zoom, providing best practice strategies and an opportunity for supervisors to learn from each other.

Learning Collaboratives work best if we have a diverse group of people involved, from supervisors new on the job to very experienced and seasoned supervisors.

Please join us for the first Supervisor Learning Collaborative Meeting on April 22 at 1:00PM. Stay tuned! Registration and additional information will follow soon.

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

Training Events for 2019

Have you noticed that the CAPP and PREP training calendar for 2019 is posted on the website? If not, take a look!

If you are a Health Educator Supervisor the training calendar will assist you in planning professional development for your educators, in particular newly hired educators. Keep in mind which trainings are mandatory and which ones are recommended. (You can find that on Working with ACT for Youth — scroll down to the table.)

A few gaps…

One mandatory training, the Training of Educators for Project AIM, still needs to be confirmed. Most likely it will be offered in May. A few webinars are still under development as well. We will update the calendar as soon as possible. Not listed are learning community meetings such as the ones for the Supervisor Learning Collaborative or Component 2 Providers.  We will send separate notices for these events.

Exciting News!

We are developing a couple of new workshops this year:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Creating Inclusive Program Environments for Youth with Different Abilities

ORS drop-in sessions are new as well. The evaluation team has scheduled quarterly drop-in web sessions for folks who have questions about online reporting system and/or want to fine-tune their skills using the ORS.

Registration Changes

As usual we will send out registration notices a month prior to workshops and trainings. We will be moving towards an online registration process. Stay tuned for that.

We are looking forward to a productive 2019 training year!

Jutta Dotterweich

— Jutta

How are we doing?

As you know, we at ACT for Youth love to evaluate things and collect data. We are very interested in finding out what you are doing and how you are doing it.

Now we want to flip these questions and ask: How are we doing? Are we helpful? How can we be more helpful? Some of you may remember that a few years ago in first round of CAPP we asked you questions like that to evaluate our center and services. This time we have a slightly different plan.

Trainings first!

We have changed our training feedback form, as you may have noticed. We are asking a few different questions, mostly trying to gauge how well training content and resources can be applied to your work. Thank you all for filling out these open-ended questions.

Over the next few months we will contact participants of our core trainings–Training of Educators, Facilitation Fundamentals, Supervisor Training, Teaching Anatomy and Reproduction, and PYD 101–and conduct a brief interview to see if the trainings have been effective in enhancing your capacity to deliver evidence-based programs and meet other CAPP and PREP objectives.

Technical Assistance next!

Next year we will focus on assessing our TA approach. We are still developing ideas and approaches on how to do that. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

In the meantime, we hope you will provide us with BRUTALLY HONEST and constructive feedback.

 

– Jutta

Welcome, Marisol!

Marisol De Leon on zip line
Marisol gets a flying start

I’m delighted to announce that Marisol De Leon is joining the ACT for Youth Training and Technical Assistance team! A talented trainer with deep knowledge, Marisol comes to us with an extensive portfolio in the fields of positive youth development and adolescent sexual health. From designing an HIV prevention curriculum at the Hetrick-Martin Institute way back in 2004, to educating 10,000 NYC middle and high school students about reproductive health during her years at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, to serving as the CAPP Coordinator, among other roles, at DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI) – Marisol has done it all. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish. Total number of students educated over her career so far? Upwards of 18,000.

Marisol will be based in New York City with Michele Luc and Sara Birnel Henderson at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of NYC. She can be reached at: md696@cornell.edu

Please join me in welcoming Marisol!

 

– Jutta