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      "Tools of the Trade" Provides Help for Non-School Youth Workers

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      "Tools ofthe Trade" is a program specifically designed for individuals who providecare and education to school age children between theages 5-12, during their out of school time.

      This first round of the program consists of a three hour class offeredthroughout the state.
      This program is provided to help theseindividuals develop the tools necessary to provide quality care to youth intheir out of school time.

        During this class, participants will focus on four mainareas.

        1. Power of Youth Workers - The first item to becovered will be focused on the importance that the youth developmentprofessional has on the life of the child and how they have an enormousopportunity to make a positive impact on the youth in which theywork.
        2. Ages and Stages - Participants will develop anunderstanding of the developmental stages of youth development. By learning about the ages and stages ofyouth development we are better able to set realistic expectations for thechildren that they work with and helps to design learning experiences that areage appropriate for these school age children.
        3. Bits and Bolts of Program management - Theparticipants will then move into looking at best practices for group managementand explore appropriate learning environments. Such as how they might use learning centers, or activity boxes, or bulletinboards to increase the learning and to help manage the center.
        4. Positive Guidance - Finally, in this first roundof Tools of the Trade, participants will discuss positive guidance, or positivediscipline, to assure that all youth can positively benefit from theprogram.

        This three hour class is offered throughout thestate starting in April. The first two classes will be offered next week inHoldrege on Tuesday and in Kearney on Thursday at the University ofNebraska-Lincoln Extension office in Phelps and Buffalo counties.

        Other area sites are scheduled later thismonth and into May.

          Pre-registration is required. To pre-register for the class and tofind other sites and dates, go to http://go.unl.edu/toolsofthetrade.

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