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Strategies for Working with Youth in
Indian Country

Date: October 28 - 30, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: New York New York Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (3790 S Las Vegas Blvd)
  For a room rate of $89, please book your hotel room by September 24, 2019. Please click here to make your reservation online.
Tuition:   $1,015

If you work with American Indian youth in any capacity — as a youth program worker or coordinator, after-school program provider, social worker, educator, or law enforcement officer — you face many obstacles in your efforts to guide Indian Country youth along the right path. This class will provide you with the information that you need to care for and lead future generations. We’ll discuss the types of challenges that all children face in the world today while concentrating on the key aspects involved in working with at-risk youth, addressing bullying issues, and building self confidence in youth in Native communities.

Our expert will provide you with the tools that you need to develop youth programs that will help youth build positive self-esteem and positive cultural identity. You’ll learn how to effectively counsel youth, develop a community strategy for getting and keeping kids out of gangs, and motivate youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Take this informative class and improve the lives of your community’s young people!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E

Issues Youth Face Today

  • Gangs
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying
  • Lack of leadership opportunities
  • Lack of opportunity in general

Working With At-Risk Youth

  • The Caring Curriculum
  • Team-building activities
  • Trust-building activities
  • The seven kinds of smart
  • Personality styles and youth counseling
  • American Indian learning styles

Keeping Youth Out of Gangs

  • Identifying the level of gang involvement
  • Commitment from youth
  • Realistic strategies
  • Gang strategy model

Community Mobilization

  • Step-by-step approach
  • Developing a core group
  • Problems to avoid
  • Gang violence programs that work
  • Getting elders involved

Educating Through Interactive Programs

  • Training staff on interactive programs
  • Ensuring physical, mental and social confidence
  • Learning by doing
  • Opening doors to development
  • Using strength-based, culturally-appropriate education

Per Capita Income

  • Programs that teach the management of per caps
  • Recommended programs
  • Job training
  • Financial training

Developing Age-Specific Plans

  • Identifying developmental stages
  • Tailoring programs to meet individual differences
  • Integrating education and physical play
  • Adding culture-specific programs
  • Involving parents in your program
  • Programs and services for parents
Counseling Techniques
  • Keeping your word and being yourself
  • Developing trust
  • Techniques for developing a rapport
  • Identifying the problem
  • Direct counseling approaches
Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse
  • Learn more about what drugs are popular TODAY
  • How to motivate AI/AN youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol
  • How to guide youth to make good decisions
Success and Problem-Solving Models
  • Youth success worksheet
  • Figure eight problem-solving mode
  • Change and problem-solving

*Topics subject to change.


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