Skill Building for Youth Workers: Youth Development and Communication

Date: August 28, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Kent County MSU Extension 775 Ball Ave. N.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Frank Cox at 231-724-4738 or

What are the 40 Developmental Assets? How about the 5 C’s of Youth Development? In this interactive session, participants will learn about several youth development theories and explore ways that youth development professionals, teachers, parents and volunteers can assist youth in developing their full potential. In the afternoon, participants will shift their focus to communication skills. As part of our daily lives, we often misconstrue communication as a natural process that just happens. Misunderstandings and miscommunication can cause a lot of unnecessary frustration whether with co-workers, with volunteers, or with young people. Participants will experience interactive activities that you can take back with you to explore concepts like positive-constructive reinforcement, two-way communication, and reflective listening.

Costs: (includes lunch and snacks)
MAC AmeriCorps Members: $0.00
MSU Extension Staff and AmeriCorps Members: $25
Non MSU Extension Staff and AmeriCorps Members: $50

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or after Aug. 26 will be subject to a $10 fee.

An email will be sent to participants one week prior to the session confirming attendance and providing any additional instructions.

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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