Cultural Competency

Date: February 28, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: NorthStar Cooperative, 4200 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910
Contact: Lisa Bottomley: 517-432-7622 or

MSU Extension is pleased to offer professional development opportunities designed to assist youth development program staff and volunteer administrators in their efforts to provide quality volunteer management. Lunch and snacks will be provided. An email will be sent to participants one week prior to the session confirming attendance and providing any additional instructions. Casual dress is appropriate.

Culture encompasses so many facets of who we are as individuals—not just race or ethnicity, but also family structure, socioeconomic status, education level, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and so much more. Youth programming has the potential to bring together individuals who have very different worldviews based on their experiences and identities. Staff and volunteers who are able to understand privilege imbalances and empathize with youth they work with will not only do a better job of serving them but also gain greater satisfaction through their volunteer service. This session will define cultural competency and its role in youth programming and provide participants with resources for training and supporting volunteers. Using activities from the “Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit,” a recently published curriculum from Michigan State University Extension, participants will participate in hands-on activities designed to help volunteers explore issues of cultural competence, personal values, and issues of privilege.

Visit the Cultural Competency registration page for more information.

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