*Please note that all three workshops will be offered during both workshop time slots.
A Dialogue about Race and Equity for Mentoring Coordinators
To truly honor the young people in our mentoring programs, we must have clear understanding of how race and equity play a role in our own lives and in the lives of the young people in our program and their mentors. This workshop will examine race and equity, including inviting us to look at our own bias and race, while focusing on the following:
- Raising diversity awareness (internally and externally)
- Exploring a working definition for empathy and how this translates into the role of a mentor
- What it means to mentor as a co-conspirator
Facilitated by Michael Hill, Jr., Student Assistant Program Counselor for Burlington High School and adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Vermont.
LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training
The LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training will cover a brief overview of identity development and community strengths, provide exercises to distinguish and understand the components of the LGBTQ+ acronym, review common frameworks for understanding gender and sexuality, briefly discuss the minority stress model and its implications on physical and mental wellbeing, review language and the significance of pronouns, and highlight best practices. Attendees will be provided with a variety of handouts including: Common Identities and Definitions, the Gender Unicorn, The Impact of Pronouns, and Tips for Best Practices.
Facilitated by Skylar Wolfe, Director of SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program, and Taylor Small, Director of Health & Wellness Program, from the Pride Center of Vermont.
Youth Mental Health
This workshop will discuss not only how to empower youth but how to empower ourselves first. Sean will walk mentor coordinators through understanding the anxious mind, triggers, emotional regulation, and how to support through love, compassion and empathy. Most importantly how to use validation in order to build rapport quickly.
We are in the midst of a public health crisis with supports that are outdated. In order to support the children of today we have to stop the notion that they do well if they want to and instead remember children do well if they can. It is our responsibility to model behaviors. We cannot help or support anyone if we cannot help or support ourselves first. If we want children to be empowered we need to take away the shame and guilt they are feeling. In order to empower them we need to teach them self-esteem and respect. Through the mental health lens this means constantly building them up and inviting them to enjoy in their successes.
Facilitated by Sean Perry, Co-Founder and President of We R H.O.P.E., Inc.