The more adults in our community who have understanding and skills about how to support youth prevention, the more young people who will have a Trusted Adult to go to with a problem or issues.
Our Adult Education ranges based on the current need in our community, and the issues that adults working with youth or parents are facing. We offer a variety of evidence-based trainings such as PYD, and YMHFA. We also have general training for Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and other drugs (ATMOD) using framework and principles from prevention science and evidence based practices.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. To learn more, download the Mental Health First Aid for Youth one-pager.
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strategic framework that guides how communities and programs are structured in order for youth to reach their full potential.
The principles that PYD follows are:
Strength based and positive outcomes: Intentionally helping young people to build on their personal and group strengths to develop skills, competencies and connections that will help them succeed in life.
Youth voice and authentic engagement:
Youth are considered partners and have meaningful, decision-making roles within the organization and programs.
Collaborative and community-wide:
Positive Youth Development is bigger than just one youth program. It’s an approach to working with youth that the community as a whole works to adopt, and we all work together to make our community a safe and positive place for youth to develop.
We support and engage all youth in our programs and activities, rather than focusing only on youth who are considered “high risk.” Our prevention efforts are
Long term commitment:
Our communities commit to providing appropriate, ongoing support and programs for young people.
As a part of our Adult Education, Partners provides a PYD training that helps adults in the community to utilize PYD strategies. Our Adult training opportunities are appropriate for youth serving professionals, teachers, coaches, parents, aunts, uncles, grand parents, and any who serves as a trusted adult to youth in their life.