Capacity Building and Professional Development

DYCD invests in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations as a strategy for ensuring that youth and families receive high quality, effective services. 
By bringing together practitioners, researchers and other experts to strengthen organizations and programs, DYCD also contributes to broader learning and field building efforts.

Specifically, funding for capacity building:

  • Strengthens organizations by investing in planning, leadership development, and infrastructure
  • Enhances program quality by building front-line and supervisory staff knowledge and skills
  • Promotes learning and continuous improvement by developing practitioner learning communities and supporting the adoption of data-driven decision making practices

DYCD leverages the expertise of technical assistance partners to offer community-based organizations support from leaders in the many fields, including youth development, workforce development, mental health services, and organizational development.

Trainings for Frontline Staff

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Overview for Nonprofits 4/2020 Webinar

This webinar provides an overview for nonprofit organizations on applying for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan program.  This was recorded late evening of April 2nd, 2020 and incorporates the latest guidance as of that time. Visit www.fmaonline.net/ppptoolbox for the latest tools and guidance.

Upcoming Workshops

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April

 Reflective Supervision and Leadership Development
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Reflective supervision is a collaborative relationship between a supervisor and supervise that builds on the understanding and use of thoughts, feelings, and values that lead towards professional growth. This experiential workshop will introduce reflective supervision and demonstrate its value in cultivating leadership competencies.

Date: April 16th, 20th and 30th
Time:
9:30 AM
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Clarifying ExpectationsStructures and Routines
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Learn how to create, teach, and reinforce clear and meaningful expectations and community agreements with young people and staff that keep everyone safe, incorporate your voice, and support program goals and values.

Date: April 17th
Time: 3:00 PM
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Building Community
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Explore the “what, why, how, and who” of a program community. Using Ramapo’s approach, participants will identify community members (both internal and external stakeholders), discuss various (and often competing) unmet needs and lagging skills, and learn strategies for building a community that encourages safety (physical and emotional), connectedness, belonging, and engagement.

Date: April 21st
Time: 9:25 AM
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Our New Virtual Reality: Virtual Participant Engagement
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As you transition to providing workforce development services remotely, how do you keep connected with your program participants? By utilizing Zoom, you can create engaging groups and workshops that build peer-to-peer connections and strengthen participant-program relationships. Join WPTI for an interactive workshop to discuss how to utilize Zoom and its features for participant engagement.

Date: April 21st
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
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Planning and Delivering Online Instruction
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Are you confident about planning and delivering online instruction? Explore available online delivery platforms and other things to consider when switching to online instruction. Learn how to plan literacy-focused lessons using online tools. This workshop is recommended for line staff, Ed. specialists and program supervisors.

Date: April 21st
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Foundations of Social and Emotional Learning
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Do you strive to create the healthy conditions necessary for your students to learn? In this two-part virtual workshop, participants will engage in hands-on activities and collaborate in small groups to learn the foundational skills of SEL that can help guide their decision-making process and support their students and programs.

Date: April 21st and 22nd
Time: 9:30 AM
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Caring for the Case Manager: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and its Impact
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The act of caring is powerful and healing, and many of us in service professions see our work as a calling and not just a job especially when at least half of our nation’s children (and 70% of adults) have experienced traumatic events or conditions such as abuse, violence, and poverty. This session will serve as an introduction to the dynamic shifts that define adolescence and provide you with skills for effectively responding to challenging behaviors.

Date: April 22nd
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Balance proactive/reactive communications during this crisis
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As the spread and impact of COVID-19 changes from day-to-day, it can be hard to determine when and how your nonprofit should respond.

  • If you have a communications plan, do you just abandon it in favor of daily reactions?
  • If you don’t already have a communications plan, is it worth the time you need to create one?
  • How do you balance being proactive and reactive, while also making room for any necessary pivots as your audience responds to what you produce?
  • Is this the time for rapid, one-size-fits-all messaging or one where you might apply some segmentation? Big Duck’s senior strategist, Laura Fisher, and chief growth officer, Farra Trompeter, discuss how to manage your communications at this moment and share some strategies and tactics you can experiment with.
Dates: April 22nd
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Comic Book Project - Creating Online Comic Books (Grades 4-8)
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Who is your favorite hero? The Comic Book Project engages youth in the process that includes writing, designing, and showcasing original comic books about community heroes. The program helps build literacy development, social awareness, and teamwork skills. Participants will engage in select activities from the Comic Book Project using accessible technologies such as camera phones, Google Docs, online whiteboards, and other technologies to create comic books. The workshop will conclude with ideas and best practices for implementing in-person and virtual comic book clubs.

Date: April 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Turning In-Person Lesson Plans into Virtual Classes 

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Where do you start when you have to switch your in-person classes to an online platform? This workshop will teach you how to transform lesson plans designed for face-to-face teaching into virtual classes.
This workshop will help you identify which components of your lesson need to be modified and which can remain the same. You will also learn about different tools that you can use to purposefully integrate technology into your lesson. This workshop is recommended for teachers, educational specialists, and program supervisors.

Date: April 24th
Time: 9:30 AM
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Online Learning Games
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Who said that learning couldn’t be fun? This workshop will teach you how to use online games to increase engagement and learning. Participants will learn how to choose, and craft online games aligned with learning goals. You will also learn how different games can improve student learning and boost literacy skills. This workshop is recommended for teachers, educational specialists, and program supervisors.

Date: April 24th
Time: 9:30 AM
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Circles of Support: The Power of Relationships
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This interactive half-day workshop will explore the common challenges to family engagement and identify key strategies that engage families as partners and support parenting throughout the stages of development. Participants will walk away with new approaches for how staff can address key barriers and develop positive relationships with their families.
Date: April 24th
Time: 10:00 AM
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Know Your Boundaries: Balancing the Personal & Professional When Working with Youth
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This workshop will focus on navigating the complexities of a range of boundary situations which can blur client-staff relations and compromise the integrity of service delivery. Emphasis will be placed on such issues as giving and receiving gifts from clients, decisions about self-disclosure, entering mutual social space via technology or in-person, and extending or accepting invitations from clients. Come learn tools to help your clients, and yourself, to establish healthy boundaries and learn how to develop strong and respectful client-staff relationships.

Date: April 29th
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: UFT, 52 Broadway, 19th Floor Click here to register.

 

May

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth In Program Spaces
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Would you like to better support the LGBTQIA+ youth in your programs? This online training supports staff in gaining a more nuanced understanding of gender and sexuality, developing insight into issues that affect LGBTQIA+ youth, and providing supporting skills that are ready to implement at respective agencies.

Date: May 13th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Find out what else is available
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Join us for a live webinar to discover how DYCD can support your professional development needs, at no cost to you. Find out how you can receive free on-site consulting via our online application CB Advance, access to events, toolkits, and other customized supports.

Dates: May 20th
Time: 10:00 AM
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June

 

Find out what else is available
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Join us for a live webinar to discover how DYCD can support your professional development needs, at no cost to you. Find out how you can receive free on-site consulting via our online application CB Advance, access to events, toolkits, and other customized supports.

Dates: June 17th
Time: 10:00 AM
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