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Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time has many years of experience in creating vibrant professional development opportunities for OST providers. We offer a wide variety of competency-based training. Participants are provided with active and engaging learning experiences to deepen their competencies in youth development work.

  • Training opportunities are free and open to anyone working with Cambridge youth in OST. 
  • All new staff should attend introductory trainings to gain a shared understanding of practices associated with each topic.
  • Certificates are available our training
  • We believe training is most effective when attended by a staff team of two or more, as well as the program leadership when possible.
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Friday, March 19 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
Cambridge Changemakers: Youth Advocacy Leadership Series Session 2 (Required-Application & Admission to Series) FULL

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Session 2: Youth voices and actions have sparked systemic and social change in societies around the world. In this historic moment in time, 
  • How can Youth Workers see, appreciate, and grow the skills in young people to take courageous and brave actions that will create a more just world that centers youth experiences and perspectives; and
  • How can we ,through our OST programs and activities, help develop young people and Youth Workers to become more proactively engaged in their own learning and development? 
In this frontline leadership development program, we are inviting teams of OST Youth Workers across Cambridge to build and co-create with a cohort of like-minded, passionate, and caring Youth Workers to encourage and prepare youth to skillfully and positively impact their communities and take charge of their own destinies.

Participants will have an opportunity to develop their personal Youth Worker identities, and clarify their own youth development practices and philosophies towards youth advocacy. Participants will take responsibility for their own learning and development, through a series of sessions to further understand oppressive factors, systems and structures that limit and challenge youth leadership and how to effectively address them. Participants will in turn develop the skills and acquire the tools to help youth attending OST programs in developing their own identities, self-confidence and self-awareness, and abilities to engage in age-appropriate advocacy around their own learning needs and interests.

This cohort is for Youth Workers who are:
  • Currently working in programs serving Cambridge youth and families of all ages;
  • Committed to uplifting the voices of Youth;
  • Thrive learning in community, alongside peers, through interactive and discussion based activities;
  • Have some experience and/or deep interest in work centered on racial justice, social justice, and youth advocacy; and
  • Willing to dive deeply into a personal exploration of individual and societal identities and how they intersect with our Youth Worker identities. 
How will we do this?
  • Three sessions (Friday March 12th, Friday March 19th & Saturday March 27th) to explore personal identity, youth development concepts, and outside barriers and opportunities for youth self-determination
  • Project based learning that will culminate in the fourth celebratory session (Saturday April 3rd) where participants will share their projects they will take back to their OST organizations
  • Conversations with guest speakers who are currently youth advocacy champions 
  • Creating connections in a network of youth advocates that will continue long after the program
Youth Worker Learning Goals, Outcomes and "Takebacks":
  • Youth Development/Leadership Continuum
  • Youth Worker Competencies
  • Positive Youth Outcomes 
  • Personal Youth Leadership Style (using Leadership Compass)
  • Personal VARK Learning Style

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Melinda Barbosa

Quality Coach & Trainer, AFCOST
Melinda joined the Agenda for Children OST in 2018 as a Quality Coach, where she coaches OST programs through the Quality Improvement System, and in 2019 she became a Trainer/Facilitator for AFCOST & the STEAM Initiative in delivering OST professional development. Melinda brings her Youth Worker approach to help clients and OST staff to develop pathways through self-discovery and a strengths-based approach to solve thei... Read More →
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Minh Nguyen

Trainer, Agenda for Children OST
Minh Nguyen (she/they) became an AFCOST trainer in 2018, focusing on training in gender dynamics, LGBTQ+, and cultural proficiency. They are a creative educator, youth worker, facilitator, consultant, coach, and nerd with several decades of being a curious lifelong learner, and observer... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Zoom (Online) Virtual Conference Call