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Volume 3 - August 2017

Welcome to the Youth Worker Institute Newsletter! This is your monthly resource for learning about the collaborative pilot project, upcoming Youth Worker Institute workshop opportunities, and to gain access to resources and additional support for homeless youth workers in King County.

In this issue, we will cover:

  1. Registering for the second Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work training
  2. Dates, location and space available for the next round of Coaching Skills for Supervisors Skills Workshop Series;
  3. A community highlight and update on Seattle's Fair Chance Housing Ordinance; and
  4. Our featured tool of the month exploring the levels of trauma.

Registration Now Open!

Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work, with Briana Herman-Brand, MSW  

from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at The 2100 Building, Community Room B

Trauma and oppression create cycles of violence in which youth experiencing homelessness are encouraged to take out their pain on those closest to them, who are often suffering from the same things they are. Youth workers must recognize the dynamics of oppression that are at the root of most traumatic experiences and how these dynamics show up in programs.

This key message is one component of practice that Briana Herman-Brand shares with youth service providers in the “Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work” training. The training is being offered again to all Youth Worker Institute partners on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at The 2100 Building.

Almost 30 youth service providers participated in the Trauma Informed Youth Work training on August 3. The pilot training attracted direct service staff from across six of the nine Youth Worker Institute partner agencies — YouthCare, New Horizons, YMCA, Friends of Youth, Street Youth Ministries and ROOTs staff were all represented.

   [The Trauma Informed Youth Work training] was great!” an anonymous participant wrote in the post-workshop survey. “Thank you for putting it on, it is so relevant to the work I'm doing. I'm excited about this series of youth-specific trainings and will definitely be attending more.”

The training returns this September after incorporating feedback from August’s participants to again dive deep into key objectives and skills in a collaborative, experiential setting.

To learn more about the objectives of the Trauma Informed Youth Work training, the facilitator's background and to register for the event, follow the link below to the Youth Worker Institute Eventbrite page. We hope to see you there!
Register Online
Skills Workshop Opportunity: Coaching Skills for Supervisors
It’s not too late to sign up for the next round of “Coaching Skills for Supervisors” training series, one of the Youth Worker Institute’s Skills Workshop Series. Participants will strengthen their coaching skills through a combination of training and development of a peer learning community. 

We believe that supervisors who have strong coaching and team-building skills can be more effective in supporting their staff to provide excellent service and be effective mentors and leaders for the young people they work with on a day-to-day basis.

The series is made up of a series of five workshops, including:
  1. Situational Leadership - September 20, 2017 at  the Redmond Youth Service Center 

  2. Engaged Listening & Inquiry Skills - October 4, 2017 at The 2100 Building 

  3. Creating a Culure of Feedback - October 18,2017 at  the Redmond Youth Service Center 

  4. Building Successful Teams - November 1, 2017 at The 2100 Building 

  5. Supervising with an Equity Lens - November 15, 2017 at  the Redmond Youth Service Center 

Participants are expected to attend each of the five workshops in the series, as each one builds on and connects skills from the one before. We have less than 10 spots left, so make sure to reserve your spot.
Register Online

Community Highlights

The Seattle City Council passed the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance in a unanimous 8-0 vote on August 14. The ordinance will go into effect 150 days after the mayor signs it. In a YouthCare advocacy agency update, Public Policy & Communications Manager Shoshana Wineburg broke down key points of the ordinance and what they mean for residents and clients living within Seattle city limits:
  • Landlords will not be able to use language in their advertisements excluding people with any arrest or conviction record (e.g. “clean record required”)
  • Landlords will no longer be able to ask about the following on the rental application:
    • Arrests that did not lead to a conviction
    • Convictions that have been expunged, vacated, or sealed
    • Juvenile records
    • Information from a sex offender registry regarding a juvenile
    • Convictions that are older than two years
  • Landlords who conduct a criminal background check will need a “legitimate business reason” (meaning it is necessary to achieve a substantial, legitimate, nondiscriminatory interest) to deny, evict or take any other adverse action on an applicant or tenant. They will also need to notify the applicant in writing of the record(s) that were the basis for denial.
View Complete Ordinance
Did you know that five of the Youth Worker Institute’s nine partners have programs located within walking distance of each other in Seattle’s University District?

TeenFeed, Roots Young Adult Shelter, Street Youth Ministries, YMCA and YouthCare all have programs less than a mile apart — with Street Youth Ministries and TeenFeed being the closest at about two blocks. Thank you for all your work!

Download the Seattle Public Library’s Blue Sheet, which lays out U-District’s youth resources on a map, to find out more about the programs' services and specific locations. 
Download Resource

Featured Tool of the Month

Trauma is traditionally talked about in the individual sense, yet traumatic experiences happen to us on various micro-mezzo-macro levels. To change the trajectory of trauma, all levels of the spectrum must be addressed. This tool visualizes the intersectionality of the levels of lived trauma and can be used to re-frame our perspectives on youth behavior. It might also be useful when working with youth to help the client conceptualize the trauma systems impacting their experiences. Access other trauma informed resources on our website.


Youth Worker Fundamentals: Trauma Informed Youth Work
9/29/17 at The 2100 Building, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you missed out on August's training, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn best practices for Trauma Informed Youth Work with one of the community's most passionate youth worker trainers, Briana Herman-Brand (MSW), who has almost two decades of working with youth under her belt. 

Have suggestions, questions or concerns regarding the Youth Worker Institute? Contact us!
Ashley Barnes-Cocke (YouthCare Training Program Manager)

Kiki Serantes (YWI Project Specialist, Newsletter Author)

Avery Christenson (Contibutor)

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The Youth Worker Institute is a pilot program led by YouthCare that provides professional development opportunities for direct-service staff in King County.  Participants include staff from YouthCare, Friends of Youth, Nexus Youth and Family, the Accelerator YMCA, New Horizons, Street Youth Ministries, ROOTs Young Adult Shelter, TeenFeed, and Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets.

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