MSU Extension trained over 2,000 professionals in capacity building in 2016

Michigan State University Extension’s capacity building work team trained 2,147 professionals in 2016.

As time goes on, changes occur in the needs of youth. With the various youth programs in our communities, professional development is needed to have the knowledge and skills to help youth succeed in a changing society, especially for programs that work with volunteers. High quality, affordable training can be difficult to find. To help provide the opportunities for training in volunteer and youth development topics, the capacity building work team at Michigan State University Extension trained 2,147 adults and professionals in 2016. The trainings focused on three areas: 4-H clubs, planned youth mentoring and volunteer management. Capacity building strives to facilitate trainings for professionals to assist them in building skills that will benefit their work as volunteer managers and youth development professionals.

The trainings took place in the form of webinars and face-to-face seminars and workshops. They were held all over Michigan and in other areas outside of Michigan, like Washington, D.C. Some examples of trainings in 2016 were: Supervising and Recognizing Volunteers; Orientating and Training Volunteers; Understanding and Planning Your Volunteer Program; 4-H Club 101; Real Colors; The Heart of Belonging - Supporting each other in the journey; Targeted Volunteer Recruitment; Recharge! Get Energized!; Interviewing Skills; Youth Safety and Supervision – Camp Settings; Social Media # Trending or Not; Delegation Skills; SAFE: Preventing Child Molestation in Youth Serving Organizations; and Setting and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries.

Some examples of webinars in 2016 were: Cruising 4-H Curriculum; Expanding Access and Inclusion for Youth with Disabilities; Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder; Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers; Moving from Awareness to Recruitment; Building Community Relationships; and Understanding Educational Standards.

Here are other examples of trainings MSU Extension’s capacity building work team can offer: Building Communication Skills; Creating an Effective Environment for Positive Youth Development; Dealing with Difficult Volunteers; Ice Breakers and Facilitating Meetings; Increasing Cultural Competency; Issues in Technology and Boundaries; Matching, Monitoring, and Closure in Mentoring Relationships; Positive Youth Development: Building a Toolbox; Building Community Relationships; Facilitation Skills: Will you thrive or survive you next meeting?; Say What? Communicating as a Professional; and Introduction to Peer Mentoring.

MSU Extension’s capacity building work team realizes the importance of training adults, volunteers and professionals in relevant topic areas and to benefit youth. Take advantage of trainings for education or professional development that can assist you in your role working with youth.

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