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Professional Development

YMC offers virtual or in-person professional development workshops that can be tailored to fit organizational and client needs
Cultural Responsiveness Workshops
Option 1
Origins of the Prison Pipeline

  • This workshop looks at the intersection between the origin of systemic educational failure and the school to prison pipeline in inner-cities
  • This is a workshop for organizations seeking to gain a better understanding of how and why some urban people make the choices they make

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • How do the origins of educational racism affect today’s urban youth?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of using history to better understand contemporary issues?

Topics include:

- The racist origins of standardized testing in schools

  • Real-life case study
  • Defining Stereotype Threat and Implicit Bias
  • Interactive activities and group participation

Option 2
Thinking for Ourselves

  • This workshop looks at how the news is presented and how it influences our opinions and dispositions
  • This is a workshop for organizations seeking competency around issues of confirmation bias

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • How has the news I watch affected the way I see the world?
  • How can I be better informed without bias?

Topics include:

- The Dual narratives of the extrajudicial killings of Black men
- Examining media images

  • Defining Confirmation Bias
  • Interactive activities and group participation

Option 3
Social Justice in a Digital Age

  • This workshop looks at the effectiveness or lack thereof concerning push-button activism
  • This is a workshop for organizations who want to utilize and/or understand how social media platforms have evolved and influenced public sentiment and policy

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • What kinds of civic engagement can lead to legislative action that addresses injustice?
  • Are there types of participatory politics that are more effective than others?
  • How are different groups activating their own participatory politics?

Topics include:

  • Verifying emerging headlines
  • Benefits / Challenges with social media
- Defining participatory politics
  • Black media from Jet to Twitter
  • Interactive activities and group participation

Option 4
Black Hope and the American Sabotage

  • This workshop looks at the sabotage of post Civil War Reconstruction in order to explore its contemporary effects on American society
  • This is a workshop for organizations who want to understand how racism has been institutionalized and cloaked under the guise of public policy and law and order

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • Why study slavery?
  • How should a democratic society respond to violence and terror?
  • What makes democracy fragile? What can be done to protect and strengthen democracy?

What responsibilities do our public officials have in setting a tone of tolerance and inclusiveness?
Topics include:

  • Defining “Whiteness”
  • Origins of the 13th & 14th Amendments
- Origins of KKK
  • Interracial Democracy at its best
  • Violence and backlash then and now
  • Mass incarceration and its effect on families of color

Civil Discourse Workshops
Option 1
Organizational Identity

  • This workshop looks at the consistency of your organization’s identity while pointing out blindspots and strengths
  • This is a workshop for organizations seeking to live up to its highest ideals and hold itself accountable in the process

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • How have we lived up to our organizational promises?
  • What have we compromised and/or missed in being consistent in our messaging?
  • How do I navigate colleagues’ opposing viewpoints while observing their rights?

Topics include:

- Exploring the factors that make a conversation difficult or easy - Dismantling and critiquing your org’s mission statement

  • Is this best practice? board game
  • Interactive activities and group participation

Option 2
Identity and Choices

  • This workshop looks at our individual identities and how each of us feels marginalized or empowered under different circumstances
  • This is a workshop for organizations seeking to spark the conversation around identity and cultural norms

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • What factors help shape identity?
  • How does identity connect to equity?

Topics include:

  • Confronting confrontation
  • Describing analyzing and interpreting photos
- Defining equity
  • Invisible sticky notes anonymous feedback on staff morale strategy

Option 3
Looking Outside Your Cipher

  • This workshop looks at how to practice empathy and inclusiveness without compromising personal principles
  • This is a workshop for organizations seeking to strengthen the concept of solidarity and allyship for those individuals and groups outside of our universe of obligation

Essential Questions for the workshop:

  • How do we define ourselves?
  • How do others define us?
  • What factors shape our opinions about the identities of others?

Topics include:

  • Defining our Universe of Obligation
  • Exploring various identities outside of normalized society
  • A conversation around Qwest Love
  • Interactive activities and group participation

Effective Teaching Strategies

  • YMC has many strategies to utilize in the classroom. After consultation we can shape any number of strategies to fit your organizational needs
  • This workshop is designed for educators and/or orgs that want to use simple classroom exercises to teach, inform, build team buy-in and increase student participation and morale

One-on-One Sessions
Option 1
Mentoring the Mentor

  • These One-on-One sessions are designed to train faculty in the skill of professional facilitation and mentorship for both adult learners and youth.

Essential Questions for the sessions:

  • What qualities are essential in facilitation and mentorship?
  • What traits do I have that coincide with the best of mentorship and what traits do I need to work on gaining?

Topics include:

- Looking the part-what are you trying to say with your appearance?

  • Understanding the power of language
  • Keeping your personal opinion and emotions out of the room on purpose
  • What does it mean to be fair but firm as a facilitator?
  • How to condense broad ideas into small chunks