Distance Learning Sessions

Illinois AfterSchool Network is pleased to offer Distance Learning Sessions to providers here in Illinois. A listing of upcoming sessions are listed below.

Before you register, make certain that you are committing to attend the session. Both sessions will be limited as they are not ‘sit and get’, but interactive sessions with one of our professional trainers. Also, you must remain for the duration of the session in order to receive credit and/or certificate of attendance. Our training policy states that there is a grace period of 10 minutes to join the session in order to receive the training hours.


Pivoting During the Pandemic: Engaging Youth in Afterschool Programs – What’s Your Recruitment and Marketing Plan?

Wednesday, December 2, 10 am until 12 noon

Description: The pandemic has proven to be challenging times for afterschool programs across the state. Some have transitioned to online programming, in-person small groups or closing their doors altogether. Join other youth development professionals as we discuss the successes and challenges of marketing, recruitment and keeping young people engaged during the after school hours. This is an opportunity for us all to learn from each other and walk away with some best practices and immediate next steps for serving young people during this unpredictable time.

Target Audience:  Program Managers and Coordinators

IAN Trainer: LaTrice (Elle) Davis, MSW  Latrice.a.smith@gmail.com

Cost: $10

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3183060184561692175

Sheltering In an Unsafe Place: Connecting Virtually with Youth Experiencing Violence

Thursday, December 10, 10 am until 12 noon

Description: This workshop will give you the skills to connect with your students who may be experiencing sexual abuse or domestic violence. Domestic violence and sexual abuse are both characterized by intentional harm done by one person to exert power and control over another person in the context of a dating, family or household relationship. This workshop will also prepare attendees to recognize some warning signs of trauma as they tend to present themselves in a classroom setting. Finally, the workshop will provide attendees with basic skills on how to respond immediately to a disclosure of violence or abuse and where to go for further support. We don’t expect you to leave experts, but we do hope to dispel some myths and fears about these topics that will better equip you to support your youth during the school year!

Target Audience:  Youth Workers, Coordinators and Managers

Trainer: Maggie Arthur, MSW Prevention Educator, Resilience

Cost: FREE

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrce6oqzkuEtSkaGS1qMaXER6hUKaP74V4


Positive YOUth Development starts with you! 

Wednesday, January 20, 10 until 12

Description: Positive YOUth development is about how YOU show up and partner with young people as they seek ways to meet their basic needs, (physical, emotional & social) and build their competencies necessary to succeed in adolescence and adulthood.
In this interactive workshop we will explore:

  • How PYD as an approach informs our work
  • Providing services, supports and opportunities that young people can thrive in (In
    person/at a distance/virtually/hybrid
  • Youth participation and engagement
  • Building relationships and creating experiences that are based on capacities,
    strengths and developmental needs of young people.

Target Audience: Youth Workers

IAN Trainer: Nikki Hale Advancing Youth Development Facilitator- Center for Youth Program Quality Consultant- Certified Youth development Practitioner and High Performance Coach

Cost: $10

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlce2uqT4rHdGCn0RJKuaNSXCbg5hfCFPr


Sharpening Managerial & Supervisory Skills (Part 2) – Giving and Receiving Feedback

Wednesday, January 27,  10 until 12

Description: New Manager ~ Now What? One of the roles of a new or emerging manager will be to give staff feedback to stretch and grow their skills. It is a well-known fact that giving and receiving feedback can be an uncomfortable and an intimidating experience. In this workshop, participants will learn how to deliver feedback, practice giving feedback, and gain the confidence to deliver feedback and handle tough conversations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Things to Do and Things Not to Do When Providing & Giving Feedback
  • Learn the characteristics of effective feedback
  • Examine several feedback models
  • Prepare to conduct a feedback session
  • Practice conducting a feedback session
  • Document the Feedback Session

Target Audience: Emergent Supervisors

IAN Trainer: Loretta Durrell, MS, MBA

Cost: $15

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlduqgpzsiHNINttCWBIbImUO_56V21vsY


Creating Affirming Learning Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth

Wednesday, February 17, 10 – 11:30

Description: This session will focus on the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ young people in virtual program settings. This includes proactive strategies for fostering a “positive” and “inclusive” environment for all youth in your program. This session is geared towards afterschool youth workers, coordinators and support staff and includes opportunities for dialogue, skill building and reflection.
Intended Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

Trainer: Ruthie Moore, Education and Training Manager, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Cost: $10

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-2rqj4iHNRSo8KJnURweQkezyY7_C9b

Empathy, Racism, and Bias to find your ART in Leadership

Wednesday, February 24, 10 – 12

Description: Engaging your creative potential to enhance your leadership. This session is designed to combine leadership development concepts with theatre arts framework that will enhance your leadership quality in life and the workplace. This session is where you will explore how to be an effective communicator, become an active listener, evoke empathy through a professional lens; understand bias so that leaders are providing equitable and inclusive leadership that is anti-racist. We want to implement a more effective workplace environment for both the educator, colleagues and youth. Let’s lean in to the discomfort that promotes change!

Intended Audience: Youth Workers

IAN Trainer: Jessica Vann

Cost: $10

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodeqoqDsrHtXpzhC1bbXbNxZD9YIEGwER