We are thrilled to announce that two nationally renowned and recognized keynote speakers will be delivering virtual workshops to our Vermont audience. This is a very special opportunity to learn from these thought leaders and the workshops will be open to all. Anyone working with youth in any capacity will not want to miss this!

  • These are being offered for FREE (!) thanks to our generous funders.
  • You can register for both speakers or select individual dates.
  • 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 to receive the Zoom link in advance.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Miller at nicole@nullvermontafterschool.org or 802-448-3464.

Self-care, Healing, and Equity: Responsive Practices When The World Feels Heavy

With Dr. Dena Simmons

Date: May 5, 2021 (10-11 a.m. ET)

In this session, we will explore self-care strategies as a way to cope with isolation, uncertainty, and the collective traumas of COVID-19 and our country’s reckoning with race. We will also reflect on what is causing our burnout as a way to tackle it with relevant emotion regulation and self-care strategies. As we plan for the summer and beyond, we will discuss how best to meet the needs and demands of former and current students who expressed harm done at school/district/community, plans for creating systemic change, and anti-racist practices to ensure equity and to facilitate healing in the midst of multiple pandemics.

Session Objectives:
Reflect on causes of burnout & engage in a burnout inventory
• Discuss self-care and coping strategies as well as conduct a self-care inventory
• Explore strategies to ensure equity-responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-centered practices for returning to school in the midst of pandemics
• Discuss how best to meet the needs and demands of former and current students who expressed harm done at school/district
• Make a commitment to care for self and for others

Headshot of Dr. Dena Simmons

About Dr. Simmons:

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She is the founder of LiberatED, an antiracist approach to social and emotional learning and healing. She is the former Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy as well as creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity and liberation. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press, 2022). www.denasimmons.com

Creating Connections at Camp

With Sarah Kurtz Mckinnon

Date: May 25, 2021 (10-11:30 a.m. ET)

Personal connections this summer are going to be more important than ever before. But what does this mean, and how will you do it? In this workshop, Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, co-founder of The Summer Camp Society, will help participants build camp environments that strengthen interpersonal connections at all levels. She’ll work with participants to provide actionable steps for:

  1. Connecting with your staff members
  2. Helping your staff members connect with each other
  3. Teaching staff members to connect with kids
  4. Creating opportunities for kids to connect with each other

About Sarah:

Sarah Kurtz McKinnon is a writer, facilitator, educator, and entrepreneur. After serving as the director of a children’s overnight summer camp for the Ann Arbor YMCA for six years, Sarah started her own business, Kurtz McKinnon Creative, which helps organizations and their leaders improve their strategies and tactics in both management and marketing. She also is an internationally-recognized consultant and presenter for youth development professionals. She co-founded, with Jack Schott, The Summer Camp Society, a collaborative, community-based education program for emerging camp professionals. Sarah graduated cum laude from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a double-major in journalism and political science. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, graduating with high honors, where she served as a fellow in the +LAB at Center for Positive Organizations. www.kurtzmckinnoncreative.com