The Resource Basket offers free, online training through a Supporting Youth Webinar Series.
These quarterly offerings are co-hosted with the Alaska Afterschool Network. Our webinars feature Alaska-based presenters sharing their expertise and best-practices for working with and supporting Alaska’s youth in strength-based ways. Trainings are presented for adults working or volunteering with youth, except where noted.
If you have recommendations for topics you would like to see featured, or if you want to present on a future webinar, contact us through email or by calling 907-865-7396.
To view upcoming webinars, click here.
Supporting Youth Webinar Series
Communicating with Youth: A Strengths Based Approach
Webinar 01, 5/7/15
Presenters: Chrystle Tebo, Program and Resource Coordinator of Boys and Girls Clubs, Alaska; and Thomas Azzarella, Director of Alaska Afterschool Network
This recorded training focuses on strategies to feel empowered in your interactions with youth – to be proactive vs. reactive, learning what to do when these strategies don’t work the first time and that persistence pays off, and how positive recognition supports youth development.
Connecting Generations through Culture
Webinar 02, 8/13/15
Presenters: Ella Tonuchuk (Leadership Development Coordinator) and Dewey Hoffman (Leadership Development Director), First Alaskans Institute; Wilma Bell-Joe,(AmeriCorps BIRCH Member and Native Survivors Youth Group adviser); and Jake Bell (Health Specialist, Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Youth Program)
This training discusses how communities and programs intentionally or naturally allow for generations to interact and learn from one another. Presenters share the importance of how interacting and creating strong connections across generations can lead to increased well-being and resiliency for youth, adults and elders.
Webinar 03, 11/19/15
Presenters: Shirley Pittz (Strengthening Families Project)
This recorded training goes through the five Protective Factors of the Strengthening Families approach, as well as local examples of implementation by Alaskan communities. Research supports the notion that when Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Protective Factors also promote and build family strengths for optimal child and youth development. The webinar is split into part 1 and part 2.
Increasing Youth Voice and Leadership
Webinar 04, 2/4/16
Presenters: Thomas Azzarella, Director of the Alaska Afterschool Network; Julia Smith, Prevention Director of Sitkans Against Family Violence and the Advisor for the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee; Sherri Anderson, Youth Services Specialist for the Nome Eskimo Community and Nome Native Youth Leadership Organization.
Understand the value of incorporating youth voice in your youth programming/activities and decision making, and learn the levels of youth voice and input. Hear examples from two Alaska youth groups providing youth voice opportunities. Adults supporting youth in decision making allows for growing leadership skills.
Youth Bullying Prevention
Webinar 05, 5/5/16
Presenter: Chelsie Morrison-Heath, Community Educator at STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)
Adult youth workers and volunteers will learn to recognize the characteristics/traits of bullying behaviors among youth. Attendees will also learn positive ways to address these traits and how to promote positive social behaviors.
Understanding Trauma and Promoting Resiliency with Youth
Webinar 06, 8/18/16
Presenter: Desiree Compton, Licensed Professional Counselor
Adult youth workers & volunteers will learn about neurobiology and how trauma impacts brain development among youth. Skills will be taught for how to approach youth in trauma, as well as concepts that promote resiliency.
Diverting Tribal Youth – Working with DJJ
Special Webinar, 10/6/16
Presenters: Lorita Clough, Rural Specialist; Noelle Kennedy Torres, Social Services Program Advisor; Arlene Peter, Fort Yukon ICWA Worker
The State of Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice is prepared to work with tribes to keep at-risk youth supported in the village and out of the detention system. DJJ officials will discuss during this webinar their community diversion agreement with tribes for supporting rural youth, along with how to initiate the agreement process. The Tribal Government in Fort Yukon will discuss their experience of pursuing a diversion agreement and working with DJJ, and its impacts with local youth.
I <3 Consent!
Special Webinar, 1/17/17
Presenters: Homer R.E.C. Room
Youth from the Homer R.E.C. Room give an energetic, informative, and highly interactive presentation on the topics of consent and healthy relationships. This webinar is for youth and supportive adults who are interested in learning more about these topics from the perspective of youth. Learn more about the Homer R.E.C. Room at http://homerrecroom.org/