PSU School of Social Work


1800 SW 6th Ave


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Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10am through Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:30pm
10am through Tuesday, August 20 at 4:30pm
Title: Becoming an Adult Ally and Building Change Agents through Facilitating a Youth Participatory Action Research Curriculum Abstract: This interactive training prepares people who work with youth to become adult allies, and provides step-by-step instruction to implement a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) curriculum. The YPAR curriculum aims to engage youth in community-based action research, and become agents of change in their community. Utilizing a social justice framework, this training will provide the adult ally the tools and processes to create meaningful youth-lead partnerships. Participants will: 1) Critically examine the role of bias and power when working with youth of color and/or marginalized youth. 2) Receive step-by-step instruction on the implementation of the Youth Participatory Action (YPAR) curriculum. 3) Gain hands-on experience with and access to a toolbox of learning activities that help youth develop skills to prepare them to critically understand social issues they are interested in and become change agents in their communities. The training hopes to rejuvenate and restore the adult ally’s commitment in collaboratively working with youth through the YPAR, and form an ongoing learning community that aspires to promote social justice. Who should attend: Anyone who works with youth, or would like to learn more about meaningful engaging youth in their work! Save the dates for this FREE two days training: Date: Aug. 19 (Monday) and Aug. 20 (Tuesday), 10 am - 4:30 pm Where: Portland State University, School of Social Work, Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC) Rm. 630. Physical address: 1800 SW 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97207. See campus map at Trainers’ Bio: Training will be facilitated by Dr. Alma M.O. Trinidad and Lakindra Mitchell Dove. Dr. Trinidad is an assistant professor at Portland State University (PSU), School of Social Work. She is a macro social worker by training, and brings an array of work and scholarship in community organizing, health and mental health promotion, education, and mentoring among diverse communities. Her research, scholarly activism, and teaching focus on community youth participation, critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, and community epistemology as venues for empowerment, sociopolitical development, collective consciousness, and promotion of health, wellness, and social sustainability. Lakindra is a fourth year doctoral student in social work at PSU. She received her MSW from PSU in 2004 and has worked primarily with youth and families in various capacities. She is currently a pediatric social worker at Randall Children's Hospital, specializing in child abuse. Her research focuses on addressing the cultural needs of African American youth in foster care. Other Information: For more information about this free training, please contact Lakindra Mitchell Dove at or Dr. Trinidad at or (503) 725-8510. A link will be made available soon to register for this training. Continuing education units (CEUs) may be offered for social workers and other professionals. There will likely be a processing fee.