Increasing Cultural Competency

Date: March 31, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Kent County MSUE, 775 Ball Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Lisa Bottomley,, 517-432-7622.

Culture encompasses so many facets of who we are as individuals beyond race or ethnicity. 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. Workshop participants will experience hands-on activities designed to help their audiences explore issues of cultural competence, personal values, and issues of privilege.

MAC AmeriCorps Member $0.00
MSU Extension Staff and AmeriCorps Members $25.00
Non MSU Extension Staff or AmeriCorps Members $50.00

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.

Cancellations: Cancellations received on or after March 29 will incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.

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.


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