Dear Community Partners,

 

Happy Monday! Please see the workshop descriptions below for a list of amazing professional development opportunities. Registration is open now and workshops fill quickly. Please make sure you register for your training of choice (space may run out if you accidentally sign up for the wrong one). Thanks!

 

 

 

 

The Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) is committed to the leadership of young people by providing them with resources to define their own programming, practice leadership, and to bring sustainable community change. We know that this requires adult allies to have the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for meaningful youth leadership to flourish.

 

We have partnered with Movement Strategy Center to provide workshops that aim to educate and support adult allies learn how to better engage youth develop their own voices, their own solutions to community issues, and lead meaningful actions that create real impact. This training is the first in a series of workshops on the topic of youth organizing tools for empowerment.

 

Theater of the Oppressed for Educators (2 Part Series) PART 1 – Image Theater

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM workshop (optional brown bag lunch clinic 12:30-1:30)

Location:  American Friends Services Committee – 65 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

 

Theater of the Oppressed for Educators PART 1 – Image Theater

An experiential workshop in tools from Theater of the Oppressed you can use with young people with a focus on Image Theater. Learn interactive, collaborative and reflective approaches to critical theater-based practice that supports people in identifying their personal and shared issues – and what can be done to transform them.

There will be an optional brown bag lunch after the workshop to discuss various ways of integrating TO practices into the work that you are already doing.

 

What is Theater of the Oppressed?

Theater of the Oppressed is an arsenal of theater techniques and games that seeks to humanize people, and create space for participants to rehearse taking action. It begins with the idea that everyone has the capacity to act in the “theater” of our lives; everybody is at once an actor and a spectator. We are all spect-actors!

 

It was created by Augusto Boal in practice over the last 40 years. In the 1970’s his Arena Theater company in Brazil realized that they should not use theater to teach workers about their problems and pose solutions for them (as most agit-prop theater seeks to do)  – but instead use theater as a space for people to deconstruct problems and rehearse for taking action. Boal drew inspiration from Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Liberation Theology, and practice in multiple countries around the world while in exile.

There are many theater forms that constitute Theater of the Oppressed. The two that we will focus on in this series are:

 

Image Theater invites spect-actors to form a group of statues to create a moment in time dramatizing an oppressive situation. The image then becomes a source of critical reflection facilitated by various kinds of interventions. For example, the spect-actors can show the ideal image and the transition images required to reach it, or can reshape an image to show different perspectives.

 

Forum Theater is a short play about a situation of oppression which ends poorly for the protagonist(s). After an initial performance, it is shown again, however this time the spectators become spect-actors and can at any point yell “freeze” and replace the protagonist(s) in an attempt to transform the situation and rehearse for real action.

 

Presented by Movement Strategy Center

 

Click here for registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-of-the-oppressed-for-educators-part-1-image-theater-tickets-18168340997

 

 

Theater of the Oppressed for Educators (2 Part Series)  PART 2 – Forum Theater

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM workshop (optional brown bag lunch clinic 12:30-1:30)

Location:  American Friends Services Committee – 65 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

 

Theater of the Oppressed for Educators PART 2 – Forum Theater

Part two in this series will dive into Forum Theater as an organizing and youth-led participatory action research tool to use with young people. Learn the basics of play design and “Jokering” or facilitating the forum process. We will develop plays and practice jokering them with each other. Afterwards there will be an optional brown bag lunch to discuss various ways of integrating TO practices into the work that you are already doing.

 

Presented by Movement Strategy Center

 

Click here for registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theater-of-the-oppressed-for-educators-part-2-forum-theater-tickets-18168448318

 

 

Name Games, Icebreakers & Transitions: Pre-emptive Behavior Management

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:  SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, Mint Room – 1390 Market Street, Suite 900 San Francisco CA 94102

 

The best behavior management strategy is to pre-empt issues by building community and establishing practices for group management. In this fast-moving training participants will learn a variety of name-games and icebreakers designed to deepen connections and build strong relationships. As participants build strong intra-group connections inclusion goes up, and bullying goes down. Because transitions are often moments that cause behavior challenges, we offer several games to make transitions both fun and conflict-free. Through these simple activities you will learn to reinforce the high expectation that all youth are an integral part of your community and are capable of showing up for one another.

 

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn fresh new energetic games to use with youth to build community and relationships
  • Practice using “back-pocket” activities as a strategy to manage group dynamics
  • Identify behavioral cues to diagnose distracting youth behavior, meet their needs and redirect their energy

 

This training is ideal for:

  • Program leaders or line staff who work directly with youth K-12
  • Coordinators or Directors who oversee afterschool programs
  • Administrators who want to understand how youth development is described and evaluated through the QSA

 

Registration includes:

  • All handouts and materials covered in the training
  • Icebreakers and Team Builders to Create Community (Activity Box)
  • Coffee, Tea and Hot Lunch

 

Presented by Be the Change Consulting

 

Click here for registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/name-games-icebreakers-transitions-pre-emptive-behavior-management-tickets-18263436430

 

Youth Development 101: Strategies to Embed Youth Development

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:  African American Art and Culture Complex, Nia Room – 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

The youth development field is filled with passionate practitioners. But how do we combine passion with precision? The Youth Development framework offers a clear definition of healthy, productive adulthood. Clarifying these outcomes for young people can bring high quality youth development practices into sharper focus. In this workshop participants will learn ways to integrate research-based techniques into their work through facilitation, experiential curriculum, and relationship building strategies. This workshop is aligned to section 6 of the QSA.

 

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn the components of the Youth Development Framework
  • Understand how to design programs to incorporate the supports and opportunities youth need to transition into healthy, productive adulthood
  • Use group development theory to tailor adult presence and integrate fading facilitation
  • Analyze “social resource” amongst youth participants to create inclusion and combat cliques, bullying, and isolating group dynamics
  • Receive curriculum for elementary, middle or high school youth to connect youth development theory to hands-on experiential strategies.

 

This training is ideal for:

 

  • Program leaders or line staff who work directly with youth K-12
  • Coordinators or Directors who oversee afterschool programs
  • Administrators who want to understand how youth development is described and evaluated through the QSA
  • Registration includes:
  • All handouts and materials covered in the training
  • Crossing the River: A Ten-Step Implementation Guide to Design Youth Development Programs
  • Coffee, Tea and Hot Lunch

 

Presented by Be the Change Consulting

 

Click here for registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-development-101-strategies-to-embed-youth-development-tickets-18263850669

 

 

Opening Your Doors to Children and Youth with Disabilities: The Steps to Take (formerly The Art of Inclusion)

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:  Support for Families of Children with Disabilities’ large conference room – 1663 Mission Street, Suite 700 San Francisco CA 94103

 

All children are welcome in your program, right?  But there are probably kids who struggle to fit in and you wonder how best to include them. Through fun activities and thoughtful reflection, you will:

  1. learn basic information about the legal requirements for providing reasonable accommodations,
  2. look at some practical steps to take to enroll and include children/youth with disabilities in your program,
  3. learn more about the information and resources available to support YOU in creating an inclusive afterschool program.

 

  • Audience: OST Program Administrators (program directors and site coordinators).
  • Experience Level: All
  • Content in this workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #1, #10s, #12s, #16, #17, #18 and SF ELC Resource Guide Chapters 6 and 10

 

Presented by Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP)

 

Click here for registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-your-doors-to-children-and-youth-with-disabilities-the-steps-to-take-formerly-the-art-of-tickets-18212958449

 

 

Greetings Community Partners,

 

YEF is now accepting applications (attached here) for our new “School-Year” grant cycle! Up to $10,000 per project is available to fund long-term, youth-led projects that will span from October 2015 to May 2016, mirroring the academic school year.

 

Please note; we will only be accepting applications until Friday, September 4, 2015. YEF youth and adult staff are also available to do individual workshops to help your site’s youth prepare for the grant process and answer any questions they might have. Please reply to Breanne Harris, Associate Director at breanne@yefsf.org if you’re interested. For additional information:Youth Empowerment Fund 1426 Fillmore St. Suite 204 www.yefsf.org

 

 

YEF MiniGrant Application 2015-2016

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