Impart believes that every volunteer who wants to be a Youth Advocate should be treated as a partner to be empowered, rather than a resource to be managed.
This means that Youth Advocates, who often play mentoring roles, need to be invested with requisite learning and development opportunities.
This includes foundational knowledge courses, skills development workshops, on-the-job training, and robust processes to facilitate volunteer support.
Our carers need to be cared for too!
LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Understanding the Youths-facing-Adversity Landscape
Youths experiencing neglect, youths participating in gangs, and youths dabbling with substances are all categories of Youths-facing-Adversity.
How do you understand the varying risk levels and apply different approaches accordingly? This lesson includes examples of lenses through which youth situations can be assessed, such as Choice Theory and Reality Therapy (CTRT), and Trauma Focused lens.
Trauma-Informed Youth Engagement Strategies
Trauma leaves its marks, and you have to understand it to identify its imprints. This lesson will help you to understand the basics of trauma and its impact, while highlighting specific models of trauma-care, such as the PACE framework.
Volunteer Self-Care and Self-Evaluation
In caring for our youth, it is equally important that we monitor our own emotional resilience in order to better facilitate meaningful and healthy relationships. Check out this lesson for practical tips concerning stress-regulation and burnout-prevention.
Learning and development works best when you build on foundational knowledge with calibrated skills and experience.
To this end, our full-scale Youth Advocate training involves the following modules:
Theory-in-Practice: Role-playing exercises to ready you for youth engagement
Digital Engagement and Telehealth
Mental Health Care
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Facilitating Burnout-Prevention and Resilience-Building
Lesson design and delivery
We want to make the most out of the limited time we have with our youths. In this lesson, you will learn how to maximise the time you have with your youths by creating a learner profile, learning outcomes, and an engaging lesson plan.
Facilitating technology enabled learning
With the advent of technology-enabled learning and e-learning increasingly becoming a norm, we need new competencies to promote learning beyond traditional classroom modalities. In this lesson, you will learn about the implications and impact of technology-enabled learning, develop a technology-enabled learning delivery plan, and facilitate a technology-enabled learning experience
Special topics: Best Practices in Specific Subjects
If we are serious about effectively supporting youths to achieve their educational goals, then effective youth engagement has to be coupled with effective lesson delivery. This special topics lesson is subject specific, and each run will focus on 1-2 subjects. This lesson will impart best-practices for specific subjects and how to best achieve them in an academic mentorship setting.