Idaho Youth for Change Fall Workshop Series
The Idaho Youth for Change will be leading a series of weekly webinars starting on October 20th to November 10th.
WORKSHOP 1: I Am The Adult I Needed
Thursday October 20, 2022 10am – 11:30 am MDT
“I Am The Adult I Needed” is the sharing of lived experiences + a discussion on building relationships, rapport and accountability with youth + aspiring adult ally accountability action planning. The intent is to bend adult ears to the youth perspective, lend hearts to the humanity and gift of young people and co-create strategies to earn the role of an adult ally.
Presenter: Tracy D. Wright, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
About Tracy: Tracy D. Wright is the Technical Assistance Provider and Women of Color Leadership Project Coordinator with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) for the National Resource Sharing Project. Her current work provides technical assistance and training to 16 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions. In this capacity, Tracy works with national entities to create a coordinated response to ending sexual violence, addresses emerging issues and carves out initiatives specifically for women of color in the anti-sexual violence movement. Ms. Wright holds a BA in Mass Communications from Shaw University and a Master’s of Science in Print Journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. In her spare time, Tracy is a political handler for a Wake County Elected Official and project lead for the Young Advocates Institute, a service learning opportunity that houses and trains 200 youth, ages 13-17, over a weekend of prevention education and leadership development workshops.
WORKSHOP 2: Being an ‘Askable’ Adult
Thursday October 27, 2022 10am – 11:30 am MDT
An “askable adult” is someone who youth feel they can go to with questions. In this workshop, we will learn the traits and skills of an askable adult, including how to foster a safe learning environment, how to navigate personal disclosures, and how to answer values-based questions!
Presenter: Cameron Needham, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky
About Cameron: Cameron Needham has worn several hats with Planned Parenthood over the past two years, including being a volunteer, a legislative fellow, a voter engagement specialist, and now a community outreach educator! As a life-long learner, he is committed to empowering youth and lowering the barriers many face when accessing comprehensive sex education.
WORKSHOP 3: Shifting Power: Authentically Engaging Youth
Thursday November 3, 2022 10am – 11:30 am MDT
Authentic and meaningful engagement with youth in programs requires a deliberate and balanced approach. To maintain this balance, a program must consider a number of factors including: freedom of choice, information, decision-making power, responsibility and voice. In this workshop, participants will explore the various components of youth participation, assess current strategies and identify opportunities to improve meaningful engagement with youth within their programs and organizations.
Presenters: Monica Reyna, the Advocates & Tracy Darling-DeMarcus, WCA
Monica Reyna serves as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. One of her favorite parts of her job is supervising the Every Teen Counts teen interns. Monica believes that everyone has a role in ending violence in their communities, and that when we work together we have the power to change our culture and world. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Idaho. She has an MA in Sociology, with a focus on Applied and Public Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
Tracy Darling-DeMarcus is the prevention program manager for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA). Tracy oversees the WCA’s violence prevention program, which includes the Youth REPs, a leadership and volunteer experience for Treasure Valley high school students. Tracy believes that we all play a part in making our community a safer, healthier place where everyone can thrive. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Black Hills State University and has worked in the field of gender-based violence since 2013.
WORKSHOP 4: Sharing Power Panel
Thursday November 10, 2022 10am – 11:30 am MDT
Cultivating meaningful and authentic intergenerational partnerships requires intentional efforts by adults to shift power toward youth. This panel discussion will be focused on sharing ideas, experiences and practices for sharing power between adults and youth in programs and organizations.
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