June Mead, Association Issue Leader, CCE Broome County; Katie Bowers, Coordinator, Extended Learning Network, CCE Broome County
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes
This project involves designing and leading a one-day workshop for the out-of-school time agencies and organizations comprising the Extended Learning Network (ELN) on providing youth with trauma sensitive care. Ultimately this project aims to provide accessible content on how trauma influences development and strategies to better support youth coming from circumstances of adversity. The workshop will incorporate empirical research findings on trauma in youth, strategies for working with traumatized youth in a non-clinical/after-school settings, engaging hands-on activities for staff to practice these skills, and discussion about implementing this knowledge into services provided by members of the ELN throughout Broome County. The project will also produce insight into the needs of youth workers in Broome County with regard to trauma sensitive care, and will result in the development of a workshop that can be implemented in staff trainings for youth workers across the state.
Roles and Responsibilities
The student will conduct an extensive review of the literature on trauma and youth development, as well as the current recommendations of best practices for teachers and after-school caregivers hoping to better support traumatized youth. Additionally, the student will work with the ELN coordinator to incorporate their feedback into the design of the workshop to best address the needs in their community. From the findings in the literature and requests from the staff, the student will synthesize this information to develop a thorough but easily understandable presentation to educate staff on how trauma influences development and strategies for better supporting these youth in a variety of applications relevant to the afterschool, out-of-school-time programs offered by the members of the ELN. The student will also design discussion questions and activities to incorporate hands-on engagement opportunities for staff during the workshop, and will develop a brief handout summarizing important takeaways and strategies. Finally, the student will evaluate the impact and efficacy of the workshop, and make suggestions for future program development by collecting feedback from the staff.
Qualifications and Previous Coursework
The student has taken numerous youth development and research methods courses that will support their ability to effectively review and synthesize the literature, and to evaluate the program. They also have extensive experience with public speaking to large groups from campus job as a tour guide, and leading mental health related workshops from past experience presenting on depression to high school students. Finally, this student has worked as a research assistant at a children’s mental health clinic that conducted large-scale workshops training a diverse range of child care providers, and thus has some background and exposure to the logistics for an event such as this.
Benefits and Skills
This project will provide the student with extensive experience collaborating with community providers to evaluate and address real problems in the community. Additionally, the student will be able to build on their experience training others on aspects of youth development by providing them with independence, conducting the project through its entirety while working within the needs and constrains of a larger institution and community. Finally, it will also allow the student to further develop the important real-world skills of communicating scientific research and recommendations for practice in means most accessible and relevant to providers.