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"Tools of the Trade" Provides Help for Non-School Youth Workers

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"Tools of the Trade" is a program specifically designed for individuals who provide care and education to school age children between the ages 5-12, during their out of school time. 

This first round of the program consists of a three hour class offered throughout the state. 
This program is provided to help these individuals develop the tools necessary to provide quality care to youth in their out of school time. 

During this class, participants will focus on four main areas.

  1. Power of Youth Workers - The first item to be covered will be focused on the importance that the youth development professional has on the life of the child and how they have an enormous opportunity to make a positive impact on the youth in which they work.
  2. Ages and Stages - Participants will develop an understanding of the developmental stages of youth development. By learning about the ages and stages of youth development we are better able to set realistic expectations for the children that they work with and helps to design learning experiences that are age appropriate for these school age children. 
  3. Bits and Bolts of Program management - The participants will then move into looking at best practices for group management and explore appropriate learning environments.  Such as how they might use learning centers, or activity boxes, or bulletin boards to increase the learning and to help manage the center. 
  4. Positive Guidance - Finally, in this first round of Tools of the Trade, participants will discuss positive guidance, or positive discipline, to assure that all youth can positively benefit from the program. 

This three hour class is offered throughout the state starting in April. The first two classes will be offered next week in Holdrege on Tuesday and in Kearney on Thursday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office in Phelps and Buffalo counties. 

Other area sites are scheduled later this month and into May.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register for the class and to find other sites and dates, go to http://go.unl.edu/toolsofthetrade.

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