In mid-September The Resource Basket and a partner, the Alaska Afterschool Network, jointly provided two and half days of training to 28 adults from over 20 (mostly rural) communities.
The majority of these adults directly work with their young people through programs, groups or activities.
“This training was invaluable in creating a structured way to approach youth programming.” Training Participant
This first-ever training brought together two trainers of positive youth development principles (Amy Gorn and Thomas Azzarella), to increase the skill-set, capacity and peer network of adults supporting Alaska Native youth. Demand for the training was double the amount of travel scholarships the training hosts could award. Most of the training when into great detail on the foundations of the Youth Program Quality model, along with a special panel highlighting best practices and success stories from three established youth groups: a group in Hooper Bay led by a RurAL CAP BIRCH AmeriCorps Member, the Teck John Baker Youth Leaders of the NANA region and a leadership committee of statewide youth attending the Mount Edgecumbe school in Sitka.
The Resource Basket staff felt inspired after working with all the attendees and the evaluations shared that participants also improved confidence and/or knowledge and skill sets for working with youth:
I learned that talking and listening to youth is critical, also building relationships with them to make them feel important and give them a place like a safe haven so they feel safe attending my activities.
Thanks for this great opportunity you all have given me. I feel the new knowledge I have gained and cannot wait to put it to use! Quyana Cakneq-thank you very much.
This session [Outreach and Connectedness with Youth Membership] gave me an idea of how I can possibly draw in the youth I need to target for suicide prevention and how our kids can express themselves.
The Alaska Afterschool Network and The Resource Basket will continue to explore other avenues of providing this training in the future to those in rural Alaska who are interested.
Funding was provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Alaska Afterschool Network.