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March 2020

Youth Work Intensive Conference 2020

March 4 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Simmons University, 300 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

The BEST Initiative is excited to be hosting the Youth Work Intensive Conference 2020 on March 4th at Simmons University!  The Youth Work Intensive (YWI) provides high quality and engaging workshops and ample networking opportunities.  We hope you will join us in March! Check out our amazing workshop lineup!!!  Are you as excited as we are?!?! Registration is now open!  Please click here to register. The Youthie Awards are back! Nominate someone for the 2020 Youth Worker of the Year…

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April 2020

Spring Youth Worker Certificate Training (YWC) 2020

April 7 - June 2
Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 United States

8 Tuesdays 9:30AM-2:00PM April 7th - June 2nd* Training Fee: $450pp** (no scholarships available) *Skips April 21st for BPS vacation **This rate is the Boston Subsidized Rate (only available through Health Resources in Action hosted community trainings thanks to funding from United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley)** This eight-session, 32-hour training is based on the nationally recognized Advancing Youth Development curriculum.  This training provides participants with grounding in the Positive Youth Development Approach.  Participants are introduced to an…

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Restorative Justice Circles

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 United States

April 9th, 2020 9:30AM-4:00PM Training Fee: $99pp Led by Valleria Miranda-Ferrick, Executive Director and Founder of Unity Circles Restorative justice circles encourage all stakeholders to speak their piece, and ensure all voices are heard in a respectful manner.  This training will examine the use of restorative justice circles in the context of youth work, teaching participants how to respectfully implement this style of dialogue within their programs REGISTRATION OPENS SOON! STAY TUNED FOR AN EMAIL FROM THE BEST INITIATIVE (BEST@HRIA.ORG).

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May 2020

What We Bring: White Youth Workers in Communities of Color

May 13 @ 9:30 am - May 14 @ 3:00 pm
Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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2 Days, May 13th and 14th 9:30AM-3:00PM Training Fee: $175pp (no scholarships available) In partnership with: Lori Lobenstine, DS4SI Good youth work requires a strong sense of self on the part of the youth worker, but all too often, whiteness is awkward for white youth workers (and youth) to talk about.  This 10-hour training will offer participants room to talk about the challenges of addressing, confronting and embracing their identities as white youth workers, their reasons for working in communities…

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June 2020

Integrating Icebreakers and Games Into Your Program

June 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 United States

June 3rd 9:30AM-4:00PM Training Fee: $99pp (No Scholarships Available) In this one-day training, participants will be able to explore community building activities that enable youth to build relationships and feel more connected to each other, their youth workers and their programs. Participants will practice different types of community building activities and assess how to and when to use them in programs. Through discussion and practice, participants will also be able to identify activities that are age-appropriate, and allow for youth…

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