Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Supporting Survival Based Youth

02/28/2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Breaking Barriers is a new day-long training that examines youth behaviors using a strength-based framework that explores resilience and the survival based mindset. 

A young man acts out with verbal aggression at library staff for what feels like an insignificant infringement. A mentee repeatedly isn’t home when their mentor comes to meet them. A teenager refuses to take a youth worker’s advice about planning ahead for post-secondary education. Physical and verbal aggression, noncompliance, and withdrawal can create significant challenges for program staff and volunteers working with youth.

David Wilmes, Director of Programs for St. Paul Youth Services, will provide an overview of how youth raised in environments with higher and frequently chronic levels of trauma adapt by adopting a survival orientation. 

For two years in a row, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Conference participants rated Presenter David Wilmes' workshops as a "must attend" for all youth workers. This training will help practitioners and volunteers understand how they can create a supportive environment for survival-based youth to develop the cognitive capacity for self-regulation as they enter adulthood. Please register to attend. Space is limited!

615 1st Avenue NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

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