Youth Development 101

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Location: Bayview YMCA – 1601 Lane Street, San Francisco, CA


This session will introduce new and novice youth workers to the history, principles and practices of youth development. By shifting our approach from one where we “fix kids” to one where we build on their assets, we challenge young people to engage their own learning and growth; and we build their capacity to contribute to their community.


This Training is Ideal For:

  • Coordinators or Directors who oversee afterschool staff
  • Program leaders supervising youth
  • Program leaders or line staff who work directly with youth
  • Program leaders supporting youth in high-risk contexts


Participants Will Receive the Following Curriculum:

  • Crossing the River
  • Experiential Activities to Develop Critical Thinkers


Registration Includes:

  • All handouts and materials covered in the training
  • Coffee, Tea and Hot Lunch
  • Opportunity to network with colleagues in the field


Presented by Be the Change Consulting


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I See What You Are Saying: Using Visual Strategies to Promote Children’s Independence, Participation and Understanding

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Location: Support for Families, 1663 Mission St., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA


Do you use lists to help you stay organized or a calendar to help you remember appointments? These are some examples of visual strategies that help us with our daily routines. Many people are visual learners, yet a great deal of our communication with children is done verbally. This workshop will explore various types and uses of visual strategies to help all children understand daily routines and take part in activities more independently.


Audience: OST line staff and staff supervisors

Content: This workshop is related to SF ELC Competencies #5 and #18


Presented by Special Needs Inclusion Project


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Playing Around with Numbers: A SPARK Decks Workshop to Weave Joyful Math into Afterschool and Summer Programs

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Location: Brava Theater – 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA


Yes, math can be a >blast< and in this hands-on workshop, we’re going to prove it to you! You’ll learn how to put the latest theories in math instruction to use in creating and facilitating fun daily math activities. Together, we’ll explore and practice games that help young people build skills in:

  • Counting and Cardinality
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

And we’ll teach you a simple process that will enable you to improve and evolve your math activities every single time you do them, so they never get stale!


Should you sign up?

This workshop is right for everyone who meets the following four prerequisites:


1) You’re an expanded learning professional who wants to bring more math into your elementary-aged program,

2) You’re ready to feed your brain some of the tasty theory that underlies effective math instruction,

3) You want to bring the fabulous “Common Core Math for Lower Elementary Grades” SPARK Deck back to your program (filled with 52 fun and easy-to-facilitate math activities)

4) You’d like a free lunch 😉


Your tour guide on this math journey will be Oscar Wolters-Duran, a coach with Be the Change Consulting, and co-inventor of Spark Decks.


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Cultural Mindfulness Institute – 3 Part Series

Date: Thursday April 20th, Monday April 24th, Thursday April 27th

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Location: San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families – 1390 Market St. suite 900, San Francisco, CA


“Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege.” ~bell hooks


If we are to be quality educators and youth development professionals, it is imperative that we are not only aware of our privilege, but stand in constant reflection and assessment of how that privilege impacts the way that we interact with people, especially when it comes to youth development work. The potential of our impact on a child’s life is massive. A single word can change their lives for the better or for the worse. In this workshop, you will explore you own identity with regard to power and privilege and develop a deep mindfulness in your work with youth that helps you to be a transformative interrupter of cycles of internalized and systemic oppression. All levels of staff are welcome.


Our ability to establish welcoming and inclusive environments within our institutions, businesses and organizations requires a willingness to examine the structures, offerings, relationships and individual perspective and beliefs. In this workshop, we will explore identity with regard to power and privilege and begin to develop a deep mindfulness that helps you to be a transformative interrupter of cycles of internalized and systemic oppression. We will also explore the ways that culturally hostile practices reveal themselves in programmatic and organizational structures, including but not limited to implicit bias and micro-aggressions.


Presented by Candice Davis, Antique Edutainment


This is a mandatory 3 Part Series: Please select all three ticket types when registering. If you cannot commit to all three trainings please save the spot for someone who can. We will be tracking attendance. J Thank you!

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Effective Trauma Informed Treatment Strategies: Working with Adolescents and TAY

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Location: San Francisco Department of Public Health – 1380 Howard Street, Room 515, San Francisco, CA


Training Goals

  • To increase the participants understanding the key components of and effective therapeutic relationship
  • To expand participants’ knowledge of, and ability to utilize effective trauma informed treatment strategies

Learning Objectives: By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components in a therapeutic relationship
  • Understand the importance of focusing on client strengths
  • Understand the need for universal trauma screening
  • Understand how to utilize psycho-educational materials to “normalize” client’s trauma experiences
  • Articulate common developmental responses to trauma and tools to address them
  • Identify and utilize effective trauma informed strategies to support clients in developing their own roadmap to healing


Presented by Nicky MacCallum


This training is for providers working with adolescents and TAY.


Registration link:



Create Programs Where LGBTQQ Youth Thrive!

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Location: San Francisco Department of Public Health – 25 Van Ness, 6th Floor Conference Room, San Francisco, CA*must sign-in at the front of the building*


LGBTQQ youth are members of all communities. During this interactive workshop, we’ll explore foundational concepts related to LGBTQQ identity and try on programmatic practices that support LGBTQQ youth in being seen and celebrated.


In this workshop, participants will:

  • Increase their familiarity with LGBTQQ terminology
  • Explore the differences between gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation
  • Deepen their understanding of allyship as an action
  • Review the need to create safety when working with LGTBQQ youth
  • Explore cultural fluency when working with LGTBQQ youth and do an organization self-assessment
  • Identify LGTBQQ youth-affirming actions steps that can be implemented in their programs.


Alan Gutierrez and Alex Vila are the lead trainers and we will have LGTBQQ youth leaders co-facilitating in the room for small group discussions.

This training is good for direct line staff, program coordinators, program managers and program directors.

Light breakfast but no lunch.


Presented by LYRIC


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DCYF 2017 Summer Learning Conference

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Location: Golden Gate Club at the Presidio

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DCYF Accepting Applications for Youth Advisory Board

DCYF is recruiting eight San Francisco youth ages 15-21 for our Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB members receive training on elements of quality youth programming and effective program evaluation, and provide valuable feedback and recommendations to DCYF on activities, initiatives and projects based on the department’s planning and funding cycle. YAB members must be able to commit at least ten hours of board-related activities per month, and will receive a stipend based on their participation. Applications are due by April 21st (see attached).


DCYF Nutrition Poster Contest for Youth [$]

Due Date: Friday, April 14, 2017

“What does healthy food mean to you?”

Enter by this Friday to be in the running for a PRIZE! There will be six winners chosen – 1st,2nd and 3rd place from two age groups.

Please see application attached for more info!


Check out our latest FREE training and coaching opportunities!

DCYF Poster Contest Flyer Final

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