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The Youth Work Methods approach is based on positive youth development research and the desire to create a safe, supportive and productive environment for youth. The approach is premised on the belief that it is a youth worker's job to set up an environment for youth in which needs are met and learning is encouraged — to create a space in which youth can thrive. Please note: all courses open to the public.

17/JU Summer Classes

Introduction to the Active Participatory Approach
Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation and engagement. The Active Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. The youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274654   BSAD-422N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   06/05-06/05   $0

Active Learning
Do you know the difference between active learning and hands-on learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274656   BSAD-423N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   06/12-06/12   $0
Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This workshop introduces communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants learn how to ask effective questions, to listen actively to youth and offer youth encouragement rather than praise. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274659   BSAD-424N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   06/19-06/19   $0
Building Community
Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274660   BSAD-425N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   06/26-06/26   $0
Cooperative Learning
Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274662   BSAD-426N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   07/10-07/10   $0
Homework Help
This course focuses on making homework help time effective helping youth get organized by providing an atmosphere that helps youth focus on their work, and by building a supportive relationship with youth. These elements help participants reconsider Homework Help as an opportunity to build relationships and nurture positive growth, beyond getting the work done. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274663   BSAD-427N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   07/17-07/17   $0
Planning & Reflection
Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily activities but not sure where to start? This workshop introduces participants to powerful and easy-to-use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing and evaluating activities and projects. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274664   BSAD-428N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   07/24-07/24   $0
Reframing Conflict
What role do you play in conflict situations in your program? Do you know how to turn a conflict situation into an opportunity for growth? This interactive workshop introduces participants to a step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274665   BSAD-429N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   07/31-07/31   $0
Structure and Clear Limits
How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling the positive energy of youth? Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274667   BSAD-430N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   08/07-08/07   $0
Youth Voice
Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within youth program itself. (one session)
MCC at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St. (second floor) 
274668   BSAD-431N-50   M   10:00A-12:00P   08/14-08/14   $0 


MCC Health and Public Services courses in collaboration with Collective for YouthYouth Work Methods Series courses