Changes to Training Calendar Start in June

Starting June 1 the training calendar will look a little different. First, we’ll launch a few new work groups and move all work groups to a bi-weekly meeting schedule. We will also offer one of our regular one-day trainings, Introducing a Trauma-Informed Approach, online via a series of webinars.

New Work Groups

Peer Educator Training: As a follow-up to Teresa Casullo’s webinar Growing Youth Educators, this work group will focus on developing training material for youth peer educators, sharing and refining training materials already developed, and contributing to a training manual. Teresa Casullo and Michele Luc will host this work group.

Practicing Social Media Platforms: This work group will provide a forum for providers who are exploring and beginning to use virtual meeting and social media platforms. It will give participants an opportunity to practice basic functions of various virtual meeting/social media platforms and obtain insights and advice from more experienced peers. This work group will be hosted by Heather and Marisol.

Component 2 (CAPP & SRAE): This work group will focus on developing and sharing workshop material dedicated to Component 2 programming. Topic areas may include life skills, financial literacy, career exploration, digital literacy, citizenship, and relationship and communication skills. This group will also explore how programming can be done virtually since youth summer programs will be closed. The work group will be hosted by Jutta.

Existing work groups (STI/HIV Prevention, Healthy Relationships, and Pregnancy Prevention) will continue on a bi-weekly schedule. The current SRAE work group will merge with the Component 2 work group.

Moving Trainings Online

Usually, in June we offer a one-day training: Introducing a Trauma-Informed Approach. Since we are not able to do any face-to-face trainings for a while, we are creating a virtual training, a series of 3 webinars beginning June 16. Please join us for:

  1. Understanding Trauma and its Impact
  2. Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach
  3. Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into Organizational Practice.


Remember to register for any meeting or webinar you want to attend. You’ll find the registration links on the training calendar.

Any additional ideas for online trainings?

Please get in touch with us if you have any ideas or recommendations for additional online training topics. Thanks.

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

Shared Resources from the Healthy Relationships Work Group: 4/22/20

Healthy Relationships Work Group Meeting – 4/22/20 (recording)

Venus Lliguicota: Healthy Relationships & Mental Health


Intended audience? HS youth
Intended facilitator? Classroom teacher or facilitator
How to use: In a classroom setting or via Zoom meeting

Kailin Kucewics: Safer Sext

Native American Community Services

Intended audience? HS youth
Intended facilitator? Classroom teacher or facilitator
How to use: In a classroom setting or via Zoom meeting

Shared Resources: Birth Control Images – 4/23/20

Pregnancy Prevention Work Group Meeting (recording) – 4/23/20

Kat Manierre: Birth Control Option Images and Presentation

St. Lawrence County Health Initiative

Kat shared a suite of images that can be used in your educational materials. Check out her presentation for ideas on how to use them and her “Teens Talk Birth Control” sample presentation, and download the zip file to get the image files.

Below are just a few examples of what you’ll find in the zip file. Thanks for sharing, Kat!

Shared Resources from the Pregnancy Prevention Work Group: 4/16/20 and 4/30/20

Work Group Meeting Recording: 4/16/20

Work Group Meeting Recording: 4/30/20

Thanks to all who shared these resources!

Amy Beauchamp: Birth Control Presentation

North Country Perinatal Network

Purpose/goal: To increase knowledge about birth control, how it works, how to access it, and considerations when choosing a birth control method.

Intended audience: Middle School and High School Health Classes

Intended facilitator: CAPP Educator or Classroom Teacher

How to use: Post slides in Google Classroom or facilitate verbally with a screen share in Google Meets. Provide worksheet for students to complete and return.

Erica Agudelo: Talking Points on Hormonal Contraception


Purpose/goal:  To eliminate the stigma behind birth control

Intended audience: Youth of childbearing age and teachers/administrators

Intended facilitator:  Any health educator

How to use: This presentation is a guide or even a starting point for all educators to provide insights on beneficial aspects of contraceptives. This, in turn, helps get rid of the myth that birth control leads young women to engage in sex or that every young woman on birth control is sexually active. This will also help females make a decision that’s best for their body along with pregnancy prevention.

Amanda Ferrandino:  Creating Interactive Activities Using Aha Slides

Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health

Purpose/goal: How to use online platforms to create interactive virtual activities to discuss birth control

Intended audience: High school youth who have received basic information on birth control

Intended facilitator: CAPP/PREP educators

How to use: Live, virtually or in-person

Bianca Tamayo: Preconception Health Presentation

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

Shared Resources from the Healthy Relationships Work Group: 4/15/20

Work group meeting recording (4/15/20)
Thanks to all who shared!

Abby Terry: Who Would You Tell?

Mothers and Babies

  • The goal of “Who Would You Tell” is for students to think about boundaries in different relationships, hear examples of non-physical boundaries, recognize the nuances of boundaries as it might be easy to say “I trust all my friends,” but when given specific examples it may become clear that there may be different levels of trust. 
  • The intended audience can be middle or high school students with statements adjusted to fit the audience.
  • This activity may be delivered by a facilitator or teacher, but as written would work best happening live with conversation and interaction to share different responses. It could be modified to be a journal exercise for students to complete individually.

Shaquia Williams: How to Break Up Respectfully

Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc. – La Liga

  • The goal of this workshop is to teach the audience how to identify when a relationship is over, to explain why breaking up with someone is difficult, to provide them with advice about things they can do and say when breaking up with someone, and to provide them with advice about things they should avoid doing and saying when breaking up with someone.
  • The primary intended audience is teens and adolescents in grades 6th through 12th. However, the workshop terminology and examples can be adjusted to better fit an older age group.
  • The intended deliverer of this workshop is a facilitator of sorts, but a parent or teacher could also present the information because the presentation is user friendly.
  • This workshop can be delivered live or virtually. It also does not necessarily need to be delivered by a facilitator. It can easily be uploaded on a website or given to a teacher to distribute. The only thing that would need to be done with a facilitator is the reflection piece of the workshop.

Anne Van Der Veer: Teaching Consent Using Google Classroom

Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Northwell Health

  • The goal of the workshop was two-fold: to present materials related to teaching consent, as well as to explore what asynchronous delivery of student-facing material (information and activities) looks like using the Google Classroom platform with integrated third-party applications.
  • The intended audience of the presentation was educators; the material presented is intended for high school students (with modifications for middle school).
  • The material on consent can be used by students working independently, in small student-led groups, or delivered by a health educator/facilitator/teacher; the activities can be done virtually or in-person, live or asynchronously.
  • The material was presented within the Google Classroom platform and was intended to showcase the flexibility offered within that platform of synchronous (facilitated) or asynchronous (independent) engagement.  The content (activities in particular) could be used by students or educators, and is easily adapted for independent work, facilitated work (virtual) or facilitated work (in-person).

Reading Club Selection for May 22, 2020

Mindsets! We’ve all heard about Carol Dweck’s exciting research on growth and fixed mindsets, but are we putting that research to work effectively?

This week we’ll discuss Dweck’s contention that people have not fully understood how to implement her work, and how we might need to slightly shift our approach in order to be more effective.

Read The Atlantic: How Praise Became a Consolation Prize

And remember to register for the May 22 reading club.

See you then!

~ Karen

Resources for Parents during COVID-19

Do you know a parent (or are you a parent) who needs resources to help them cope during the coronavirus pandemic? Do you know of a great practical resource parents could use?

In response to a request from one of you, Michele began gathering parent resources and Heather and the Parent Engagement Learning Collaborative are continuing to build the list. Topics (as of this writing) include:

  • Emotional Support (for parents and children)
  • Talking Points for Discussing COVID-19
  • Dealing with Grief and Loss
  • General Resources (e.g., mutual aid)
  • Unemployment Resources
  • Mental Health Services
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Safety

Browse and add your own resources to Real Life Resources for Parents During the Pandemic.

Reading Club Selections for May 15, 2020

The Reading Club is back! This week we have two articles on a theme. If you have time to read only one, make it the first. Register here for Friday, 5/15, at 11:00.

  1. Why the Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Americans Hardest
    (Slate interview with Akilah Johnson)
  2. Coronavirus Numbers Reflect New York City’s Deep Economic Divide (The Intercept)

Hope you’ll join us for this timely topic!

~ Karen

Shared Resources from the STI/HIV Work Group: April 2020

Below are resources that were shared in the April sessions of the STI/HIV work group. Thanks to all who contributed!

4/14 HIV Facts

Webinar Recording

Who shared it? Stacie Moss, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Inc.
Intended audience? HS youth
Intended facilitator? Classroom teacher
How to use: Give to a teacher to disseminate to students, no live interaction, students complete handout on own and return.

4/21 STI Presentation

Webinar Recording

Who shared it? Oliver Spearman, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York
Purpose/goal: Increase knowledge around STIs: causes, symptoms, and transmission
Intended audience? HS youth
Intended facilitator? CAPP/PREP educator
How to use: Live, interactive with facilitator

4/28 Bingo

Webinar Recording

Who shared it? Shannon Endsley, REACH CNY
Purpose/goal: Increase/test knowledge around different sexual health topics
Intended audience? MS/HS youth
Intended facilitator? CAPP/PREP educator
How to use: Live, via social media pages

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