MCCOY’s Learning Network Presents: Youth Worker Summit

  1. Active Learning Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands‐on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This developmental workshop brings to light the “ingredients” of active learning going beyond the ‘hand on activities’ and explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle. It will also help participants create more powerful learning opportunities.
  2.  Ask-Listen-EncourageDo you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth‐centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to use active listening with youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.
  3. 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 this community building process.
  4. Cooperative LearningCooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? This workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering..
  5. Scaffolding for SuccessHow do you set the bar high for youth without setting them up for failure? This informative workshop introduces participants to the concept of “scaffolding” – working closely and attentively with youth to identify their learning edge, and providing the right amount of support and challenge. Participants will learn the four strategies for effective scaffolding for the youth in their programs and how it affects youth retention and desire to learn.
  6. Voice & ChoiceAre 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 emphasizes the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, as well as nurturing youth leadership. Discussions will also be held on how to provide meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the program itself.

Help MCCOY Prevent Child Sexual Abuse!

One in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. What does this mean for you as a community member?

It means…
• … that Indiana spends nearly $48 million for the direct and immediate costs of child sexual abuse
• … that the long-term costs and losses are over $500 million dollars annually.

Except for murder, child sexual abuse is the most expensive victim crime in the U.S.

Let’s stop child sexual abuse before it happens!
• It only costs $10.53 to train an adult to improve their child-protective behaviors.
• Research suggests that the average trained adult will better protect at least ten children from sexual abuse in the years after training.
• The money saved by preventing just one substantiated case of child sexual abuse would pay for prevention training for 1,362 adults.
• That training would result in 13,620 children better protected from abuse.

Please help MCCOY train 500 adults for FREE through Stewards of Children. Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse prevention program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, react responsibly and take courageous action against child sexual abuse.

If you are interested in attending a training, scheduling a training for your staff, clients, family members, church members, or other adults please contact Shanna Martin at [email protected] or 317-921-1233.

Here is what attendees have said about the training:
“Loved it! I think it was very informative. I learned a lot and plan to advocate to see this training done in my organization.”
“Very well done and I’m very thankful this was offered at no charge.”
“Great info. Very eye-opening.”
“I will use the tools and become even more of an advocate for children and be a resource for my staff as they work with children.”

** MCCOY has committed to being a “Partner in Prevention” by training 90% of our staff in Stewards of Children. Please contact Shanna to learn more about how you can become a “Partner in Prevention” site as well.**

Child Sexual Abuse Happens Here

1 in 4 boys and 1 in 6 girls are sexually abused during their childhood in the United States.

90% of these children are abused by someone they know, love and trust.

Through a generous grant from the Department of Children’s Services, MCCOY is offering FREE trainings in the nationally recognized Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program for up to 500 adults.

This brief, video-based training about child sexual abuse prepares adults to better protect the children in their lives. The revolutionary training is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children. It is also appropriate for organizations such as day cares centers, sports leagues, after-school programs, church groups and more.
Click on the links to learn more and register for the October 6th or October 25th trainings.
Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt