In recognizing that we have so much to learn from each other, we offer different types of community of practice as a way for staff to come together and reflect on how they can improve personal and program practices. Learning comes from facilitated discussions with each other.
Building Flourishing Communities – This community of practice is for Building Flourishing Communities (BFC) facilitators to convene every month and share their training experiences.
Vermont Youth Center Alliance – The Vermont Youth Center Alliance (VYCA) serves as a meeting place for professionals working in youth centers who can often feel isolated in their work and even within their communities. The mission of VYCA is to promote the healthy development of Vermont youth and advocate as a cohesive group in order to advance the mutual concerns of Vermont youth centers.
Youth Thrive – This community of practice is for all alumni of and advocates for the Youth Thrive trainings that are coordinated by Vermont Afterschool. Youth Thrive is an evidence-based framework for working with youth ages 9-26 that utilizes Protective and Promotive Factors to put this framework into action. Each month, this group takes a deeper dive into one Protective and one Promotive Factor to discuss how they’re being used in practice.
Youth Voice Community of Practice – This group is for people who want to explore what it means to include young people in decision-making, how to engage youth as leaders, as well as how to form and support youth councils for out-of-school time programs.
Registration: Email Matt Wolf for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) and BFC Coordinator Umesh Acharya (email@example.com) for the BFC community of practice.