Collective for Youth


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/SE Fall 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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD422     M     10:00A-12:00P     9/18     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD4231     M     10:00A-12:00P     9/25     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD424     M     10:00A-12:00P     10/2     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD425     M     10:00A-12:00P     10/9     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD426     M     10:00A-12:00P     10/16    $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD427     M     10:00A-12:00P     10/23     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD428     M     10:00A-12:00P     10/30     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD429     M     10:00A-12:00P     11/6     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets
BSAD430     M     10:00A-12:00P     11/13     $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 Express North, 30th and Parker streets​
BSAD431     M     10:00A-12:00P     11/20     $0 


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