Registration for the Fall 2021 workshops is closed. Workshops will be offered again in the Fall of 2022.

These six 1.5-hour virtual workshops are designed for brand new staff in afterschool, summer, third space, and out-of-school time programs and are a great way for new staff to orient to the field and learn basic best practices in their work, as well as for returning staff to further their own professional development goals:

1. Active Learning and Incorporating Youth Voice
Active learning and youth voice involve much more than giving out some materials and listening respectively. In this workshop we’ll cover active learning by explaining the role it plays in the experiential learning cycle and helping participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth. And we’ll also cover youth voice by building your understanding of what youth voice can be and also showing you how you can infuse it into every aspect of your program and organization.

2. Child Development K-5
An overview of child development for grades K-5, this workshop will provide background information on development ages and stages of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains. Tips, activities and resources for how to plan and implement afterschool activities that are developmentally appropriate will be reviewed.

3. Building Relationships with Families
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore their opinions about parenting and family diversity and learn about the stages of parenting. Participants will have time to discuss/role-play how to handle a variety of scenarios related to interactions with families accessing a youth program. The Families and Communities section of STARS will be reviewed and attendees will leave with a draft of a yearly plan that may increase family engagement in their program.

4. Building SEL Skills in Youth and Staff
Relationships are the foundation for all we do with children. It’s via our connection that we can nurture children in their development over time and care for them now. Just as we support children’s intellectual and physical growth, children also need support for their social and emotional growth. This workshop describes the vital relationship at the center of youth work and the most essential daily SEL support.

5. Basic Specialized Care
Basic Specialized Care (BSC) is a 6-hour training designed for child care professionals working in regulated child care programs or schools, with children who are at risk or have special needs, and their families.

6. Professionalism/Building Your IPDP
This workshop will highlight the importance of being professional in a school-age child care setting. Participants will learn tips on maintaining professional boundaries, as well as master how to create a professional Individual Professional Development Plan.

The Boot Camp Basics Series is offered FREE for staff at afterschool, summer learning, and other third space programs serving school-age youth. Participants can register for the entire series or select individual trainings. These “real-time” online trainings are approved by Northern Lights during this time and your attendance will be submitted to BFIS.

Please direct any questions to Nicole Miller at or 802-448-3464.