This Week in SALS Youth Services

December 4, 2015

Short and sweet

I have a severe case of Friday end of the day writer's block. So this is short, and National Cookie Day is sweet!
Have a great weekend and Happy Hanukkah to everyone who will be lighting the menorah on Sunday evening.

Happy Hanukkah

Upcoming Events

Early Literacy Webinar Series: Part 2

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Engaging Toddlers in Active Learning

Explore engagement tools that promote early literacy skills and bring early learning home to families. Learn the research behind Every Child Read to Read and how to teach and encourage the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Discover how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to toddlers through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like First Steps, Music and Movement, Art Lab, and Smartplay. Learn how to create opportunities in existing spaces that encourage play and the five early literacy practices.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support early literacy through programs, services, collections, and spaces. They will leave the session with practical ways to engage toddlers and their families around early learning. After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of early learning
  • Learn useful tips for engaging this very active and independent demographic
  • Discover new ideas for how to incorporate the five early literacy practices into existing programs and spaces
  • Find inspiration for creating new learning opportunities for toddlers and their families
  • Have practical strategies for accommodating siblings in multi-age programs

Register for this free event.

Youth Development Programs are for All Young People

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Thursday, 12/17/2015

11:00AM - 12:00Noon

Presenter: Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

About the webinar: Youth work professionals in out-of-school settings might find themselves challenged by young people who disrupt programming, cannot focus or concentrate, and demand a lot of our attention. In this webinar/web meeting we will explore and share strategies, best practices, and our own mindset approaching this work. Bring your own ideas and experiences! Our goal is to leave this conversation with concrete ideas on how to engage and integrate youth with special needs in youth development programming.

About the PYD Network: ACT for Youth is exploring ways to create a virtual network that youth work professionals can join to learn from each other, share experiences and resources, and discuss common challenges. We have begun by offering occasional webinars/web meetings on positive youth development (PYD) topics. The first web meeting happened in August 2015 and focused on trauma and positive youth development.

As before, we would like to invite participants of the PYD 101 trainings and members of youth worker networks such as 4-H, youth bureaus, and afterschool coalitions.

Registration link:

Code: Pyd2015

This is a free web session. Please share the announcement with other youth work professionals.

Find resources for youth work professionals on the ACT for Youth website:

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