#trending: Professional Development Session
February 9 @ 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
#trending is a middle school resource that is fun and engaging for youth, easy-to-use for staff, and supports literacy and SEL skills. Since launching it last year, nearly 50 community-based organizations throughout the city have started using #trending in their afterschool programming. The response is extremely positive. Staff members say it prompts great discussions. Young people who participate want to read and write. And 98% of the staff who took the half-day training said that it strengthened their youth development skills.
One reason that #trending is so effective is that it is based on 36 true stories by New York City teenagers—all created in our in-house, rigorous teen writing program. The teens in your program will recognize themselves in our writers and immediately trust them—and open up to each other and your staff about their challenges.
#trending features 36 true stories by teens with session plans on the following themes:
Exploring Identity • Friendships that Matter • Being Healthy • From Bystanders to Allies • Love & Relationships • You & the World • Challenging Stereotypes • Peer Pressure • Sadness, Stress, Anger • Culture & Diversity • Success in School • Me & My Family
“The stories make my students more comfortable opening up about their experiences. It helps us build tools to address and deal with problems that are new, arising, or will come up in their journey through middle school and beyond. The stories feel very relevant to them.” —Group Leader, Bronx SONYC program
97.6% of participants report that the training made them better able to provide a safe space for youth.
Youth Communication supports program implementation of #trending with:
• Professional Development (one-day training)
• Coaching Sessions (two or more)
• Curriculum Guides (one for each staff member that attends training)
• Anthologies of true stories written by teens (12 per trained staff member)
For pricing structure and more information, please email Betsy Cohen at Bcohen@youthcomm.org or call 212-279-0708 x118.