Home Tacoma & Pierce Co. Summer Blast! 2018 (Tacoma, June 13 & 14)

Summer Blast! 2018 (Tacoma, June 13 & 14)

STARS Credits: 1 to 10

Summer Blast! is a two-day training experience where Youth Development Professionals have a chance to gear up for their Summer Programs. The training is designed to give front line staff direct takeaway's that they can implement immediately. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of content such as "On the Spot Fun," Cultural Competency, Mindfulness, Building Community, "Immigration: The Impact on Students & Families," Working with LGBTQ Youth, Self-Care, Disability & Inclusion, Team Building, SEL Emotion-Coaching, SEL Problem-Solving, Paint-to-Learn, Spoken Word, Student Voice, Drama, Planning & Reflection, Large Group Management, & much more. Whether you are entering your 1st Summer program or your 20th, Summer Blast! has something to offer you! Keep an eye out for more details in the next few weeks.

Below, please find a preview of some of the workshops that will be available.

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Immigration: The Impact on Students & Families

In a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is at a high and comprehensive immigration reform has been debated and delayed many times, it is hard to keep up with what benefits are available to DREAMERS (undocumented youth) and what are the requirements. In this workshop, attendees will learn of the current benefits available to DREAMERS and the requirements necessary to access them. This workshop will also provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions, share and explore strategies for creating a program environment that supports the needs of DREAMERS and their families.


Self Care - Avoiding Summer Burn-out

This self-care workshop focuses on preventing compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma in teachers and to promote teacher's psychological functioning. It will explore the current self-care plans that expanded learning professionals are using, express challenges in self-care that expanded learning professionals face in the workplace, practice several self-care activities, and create personalized plans for optimal emotional and mental health.


Working with Children and Youth Who are Experiencing Homelessness

Learn how to engage deeper with students and families who are experiencing homelessness. We will consider the unique challenges families face and strategies for how to accommodate students experiencing trauma and lack of resources.


Cultural Competency

This offering trains professionals to understand and implement the guiding principles of cultural Competency and Responsiveness: Quality programs respect and are responsive to the diversity of program participants, their families, and community. In this session, we: define terms of power, privilege, equality and equity issues that impact youth; learn the characteristics of inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environments for all youth; begin recognizing best practice behaviors; and discuss ways to incorporate aspects of Cultural Competency and Responsiveness into your program.


Active Participatory Approach to Management & Supervision

Join us for an Afterschool and Youth Development (AYD) Management Workshop addressing common concerns of supervisors in the AYD field. Learn new strategies to address common management challenges in a seminar style environment customized specifically for AYD supervisors. Many of us are familiar with the active participatory approach to learning for youth, but have you considered how this approach applies to your management of staff? Non-profit jobs, especially child/youth work, can create a revolving door of front line employees. Development, active management, and consistent coaching can assist your program in building and maintaining quality staff.


Yoga Techniques

This workshop will cover the history of yoga and the effects yoga has on the human nervous system. In this fun and engaging workshop, you will have some time to practice yoga techniques and you will leave with the tools you need to teach grounding exercises and sun salutations to young people. Please join me learning how yoga can transform your body!


An Epic Summer with Epic Emotions!

This session will provide an opportunity to learn strategies for supporting emotion coaching, including helping young people name, analyze, and manage their emotions. Participants will explore tangible, easy-to-implement activities that support self-awareness and emotion coaching through direct experience and implementation resources.


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    Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Early Learning (DEL), scholarships are available to providers working in licensed school-age programs to attend this workshop. Qualifying attendees will receive 1 to 10 STARS Credits.

    If you work in a licensed school-age care program, you can fill out this form to receive a scholarship code that will allow you to attend all of our STARS-approved workshops at no cost to you.

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    Most SOWA workshops and webinars are STARS approved. Classes fill quickly and registrations are processed in the order received. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. If you have a question regarding payment, please contact Nerrisah Townsend at ntownsend [at] schoolsoutwashington.org or (206) 336-6903.

    SOWA reserves the right to cancel any training event two business days prior to the event. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified and registration fees refunded. If you cannot attend a training event, we will refund your registration fees only if we are contacted at least two business days prior to the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be given.