These 1.5 hour workshops are designed for brand new staff in afterschool, summer, third space, and out-of-school time programs. Participants can select from six different virtual workshops over the course of the next few months. It’s 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.

  • You can register for the entire series or select individual trainings.
  • Our “real-time” online trainings are approved by Northern Lights during this time. Your attendance will be submitted to BFIS.
  • Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam. If you don’t have access to one, you can call in. 
  • You must pre-register as spots are limited.
  • The Boot Camp Basics Series will be offered FREE for staff at afterschool, summer learning, and other third space programs serving school-age youth.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Miller at or 802-448-3464.

1. Active Learning and Incorporating Youth Voice | October 6, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
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 | October 12, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
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 | October 18, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
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 | October 27, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
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 | FULL contact Nicole Miller at to be added to a waitlist
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 | November 16, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
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.