Professional Development: Nov. - Dec. 2020

Learning new things and brushing up on your youth work skills is always a great idea.  We know your awesome at what you do and we want to help you keep it that way!  This is your monthly listing of both national and local professional development opportunities available to Minnesota’s afterschool and summer learning field.  If you have a training you’d like listed, please share details through this form. Note: This list is not exhaustive, nor does Ignite review any of the trainings for quality or content (well, unless we are providing it- ha!).


Trainings for: November 12th – December 31st 2020


From Sprockets


An Even Greater Divide: How Do We Close the Gap? Thursday, November 12th 3:00-4:30

Register here.


Did you know Minnesota has the greatest divide in graduation rates for students of color of all 50 states? This workshop will examine ‘The Great Divide’, often referred to as the racial achievement gap. In this workshop we will examine the further challenges that distance learning poses on African American students and pose solutions to these issues that continue to elude educators, scholars and policymakers.


In this session you will:
*Gain insight on the particular challenges African American males are facing in their new distance learning environment.
*Discuss solutions that mentors and youth workers can use to help students of color during this time.
*Hear from a young African American man who has direct and current experience with distance learning.
*Explore views, concerns and suggestions from and for our communities.

Facilitators: Celena Eamiguel, Tia McKinney, and Tre Morgan,

This workshop is made available through the generous support of Youthprise’s COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund to support professional development made for youth workers by youth workers.


From Ignite Afterschool & The Kitty B. Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of MN


Join the Minnesota Afterschool STEM Justice Cohort  Monthly January – May 2021


Build your capacity to embed social justice into your STEM programming.  This January – May 2021 learning cohort will support 5 afterschool programs to strengthen equity and social justice practices through STEM learning.  Receive a $1,000 stipend to support your organizations participation and apply to join here by December 16th.


This cohort is part of the national Million Girls Moonshot Initiative with support from STEM Next.


Led by Ignite Afterschool and the Kitty B. Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota


From the Youth Work Learning Lab at the University of Minnesota:


Measuring What Matters Most: November 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CST). Register here. There is a $10/person fee plus a $1.53 credit card fee.

This web session acknowledges the uncertainty and shifts occurring in youth programs and provides a series of questions to decide what is reasonable and useful to measure given the new reality.  Registration includes access to a planning guide and a curated set of reports, resources and templates you can download.


Facilitated by: Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota Youth Work Learning Lab Director and Faculty in Youth Studies and Youth Development Leadership Departments in the School of Social Work


From the Center for Youth Development at the University of Minnesota:


Sharing Power with Youth  Nov 20, from 9:00am-noon (CT)

Examine different youth engagement frameworks, define equity from a youth perspective, and learn how to share power with young people. Register

 Presented by: Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)


Create Inclusive Environments for Special Needs Youth   Nov 18 from 10:30am-noon (CT)

DescriptionHow do we ensure that we are creating environments that are inclusive for ALL young people in our programs? To answer this question, Darcy shares seven tips for youth workers to consider while creating welcoming environments for youth programs. Register.

Presented by: Darcy Cole, Extension educator


Support Social and Emotional Wellbeing While Social Distancing  Dec 2 from 10:30am – noon (CT)

Description: Discover icebreakers with a social-emotional spin to help youth connect and reflect; quick and easy mindfulness exercises and guided meditations to help youth recognize and cope with their feelings; a guide to hosting virtual games to create belonging and build connections; and simple ideas for creating art to practice mindfulness, self-expression and stress relief. Register.

Presenters:  Kate Walker, Extension specialist; Courtney Johnson, Extension educator