Oregon Afterschool Conference 2020 Resources

Tuesday, October 13th

10:00am – 12:00p, Mental Health 101, Parker Sczepanik

This workshop for educators, providers, parents, and community members covers data, facts and research around suicide that guides the work of talking about mental health and the importance of mental wellness. ​We define mental health terminology, raise awareness around suicide, discuss protective and risk factors, as well as identify YouthLine as a resource for the youth and young adults in your communities. Presented by Parker Sczepanik, Assistant Director of YouthLine Outreach and Education, Lines for Life.

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1:00pm – 2:00pm, Implementing Programs Safely, Bethany Thramer

Facilitated conversation to discuss and share best practices for implementing health & safety guidance in afterschool and out-of-school programs. Participants will identify individual challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in building healthy, safe routines into the program. 

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6:00pm – 8:00pm Art to Promote Youth Voice, Rachel Kessler

This hands on training gives afterschool facilitators tools for sharing empowering art with school age youth. We will explore activities aligned with national art standards. We will find flexible ways to use a variety of materials, create an inclusive atmosphere for youth, explore youth voice, and offer youth skills for interacting positively in groups. Example curriculum will be provided.

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Wednesday, October 14th

1:00pm – 3:00pm Responding to Adi’s Act: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Policy Step by Step, Kahae Rikeman

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for suicide prevention in Oregon. Additionally, Adi’s Act requires that schools in Oregon have a suicide prevention, intervention and postvention plan. This workshop will help participants prioritize suicide prevention planning through Lines for Life’s Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program, identify additional Oregon resources and better understand ways to connect with students and their families.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm Is Inclusion still a thing?, Melinda Benson

Today’s learning environment is challenging at best, how do we support all children in their growth and development? Let’s talk about what inclusion means, how important it is, especially now, and most importantly, how to individualize the supports that we provide for all children and their families. Come discuss your experiences, strengths and challenges so we can learn from each other.

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Thursday, October 15th

10:00am – 12:00pm  How Playful Adults Model Play for Children in Afterschool, Kassy Rousselle

Having time to play as an adult has more benefits than most realize. Adults, especially in afterschool programs, are the role models for kids and communicate with them on a regular basis. Therefore it’s important to be able to understand their language – play! Participants will explore how kids learn critical lifelong skills through play and examine their own sense of play.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm Developing Your Own Purposeful Questions, Leilani Larsen

In this session participants will explore and practice questioning strategies to increase and enhance learning in informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities in afterschool programs.

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Friday, October 16th

10:00am – 4:30pm Open Minds, Open Spaces: From Pivot to Reimagine Virtual Experience

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Saturday, October 17th

10:00am – 12:00pm Is Inclusion still a thing?, Melinda Benson

Today’s learning environment is challenging at best, how do we support all children in their growth and development? Let’s talk about what inclusion means, how important it is, especially now, and most importantly, how to individualize the supports that we provide for all children and their families. Come discuss your experiences, strengths and challenges so we can learn from each other.

Resources: Listed above

Tuesday, October 20th

10:00am – 12:00pm  Art to Promote Youth Voice, Rachel Kessler

This hands on training gives afterschool facilitators tools for sharing empowering art with school age youth. We will explore activities aligned with national art standards. We will find flexible ways to use a variety of materials, create an inclusive atmosphere for youth, explore youth voice, and offer youth skills for interacting positively in groups. Example curriculum will be provided.

Resources: Listed above

Wednesday, October 21st

10:00am – 12:00pm Adopting Resilient Strategies for Youth and Adults, Rick Robinson

Participants will examine the role stress plays in development and learning and key strategies to help the children they serve become tolerant, resilient and regulated when presented with challenges. Importantly, only a well-regulated adult can help a child regulate and during this session participants will develop concrete, specific, daily strategies that support adult regulation. Well-regulated adults have the ability to be present with children and utilize a mindset and approaches to relationships that facilitate supportive, regulating connections with them. Strategies to prepare for interactions, making initial contacts and maintaining connections with children will be examined and implemented.

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1:00pm – 3:00pm YouthLine Youth Panel

Youth & volunteers from YouthLine will share about the experience of participating in this peer support system and answer questions about helping youth make the most of this resource. The session will aim to help de-stigmatize mental health challenges, increase awareness for youth resources, and encourage help-seeking behavior.

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6:00-8:00 PBIS Basics for Afterschool Providers, Leilani Larsen

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a research-based framework that is most successful when applied across all contexts of a student’s school and afterschool experiences. In this session, participants will learn the basic components of a PBIS system and how afterschool staff can integrate PBIS strategies into their program.

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Thursday, October 22nd

1:00pm – 2:30pm   Supporting Youth With Anti-Racist, Trauma Informed Approach, Mark Jackson

This training focuses on supporting youth with an Anti-Racist and Trauma Informed Care approaches that address structural and historic oppression and introduce the concept of how trauma affects people and their lives. This workshop outlines short-term and long-term effects of trauma, and other analyses of trauma and how it psychologically, socially and developmentally affects students.

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