Youth workers attend special training sessions

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 12, 2015) – Special training sessions held Thursday helped youth workers become better equipped to interact with children on a daily basis. The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) hosted a statewide tour of seminars, which ended with a stop in Indianapolis.

The topics for the sessions ranged from tapping into the resilience of children to appropriately screening volunteers. Teachers, counselors, youth ministers and others who work with kids gathered at the Marten House Hotel and Lily Conference Center starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The president of the Indiana Youth Institute said this sort of training is very important because youth-serving professional have a big impact of kids’ lives.

“These are not academic exercises,” said Bill Stanczykiewic, IYI president.  “These are very practical skills that our participants can use that day when the training is over—that they can implement immediately. We want folks to know that these are skills and strategies that are useful.”

There is also emphasis on making children’s programs safe.  So, IYI brought in an expert to delve into ways to effectively screen volunteers who want to work with kids.

“The criminal background check is not enough,” Stanczykiewic said. “It may not reveal everything about this prospective volunteer. So this training will teach different techniques and different strategies for ways to conduct the interview with the volunteer to watch for some of the warning signs—to watch for some for some red flags. And, to pick up on some of the personal cues that this person might not be the best fit for safety reasons to work with a child in your school or youth program.”

A second session is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $20 and walk-up registrations are welcome.

The training is being held at 1801 W.  86th Street.

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