The Center for Asset Development (CAD for short) offers training and consulting services for best practices in youth work as well as providing curriculum development. We believe in a playful, experiential approach to learning—and our training series, workshops, and curriculum consistently engage participants, both youth and old, in meaningful, fun and educational experiences.
CAD is a partner, not just a ‘canned’ training provider. We customize and tailor trainings to better help you meet your professional development needs. Our goal is to better equip you in your work with youth. We will work with you to shape the training experience to best equip your staffing team or youth group. CAD available trainings:
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Lead with Purpose
This Positive Youth Development series includes six sessions that explore the research on practices behind a strength-based approach to youth work and how to strategically emphasize them in your programming. Sessions highlight Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets and other research-based strategies for building young people’s strengths. You may select from the following topics.
Relationships – the Importance of the ‘R’ Factor – explores the importance of supportive, caring relationships and how to maximize the venue for impacting youth.
Empowerment: Engaging Youth with Meaning and Purpose – examines the various ways to engage youth voice and action in your program and highlights the importance of service-learning as well as how to use technology at its best.
The Power of Beliefs, Values and Choice – is chock full of tools you can use to help youth clarify values as well as build vital life skills.
The Way and How of Learning – looks at multiple intelligences, learning styles, assets and life skills needed for success.
Enhancing a Sense of Self – provides fun, interactive venues for youth to identify strengths, resources and goals for themselves that they can carry with them.
Sharpening Your Youth Program – inventories relationships, programmatic practices, agency environment and polices to connect the dots between the reality of what happens and what the goal is for impacting youth; participants leave with a take home plan for infusing assets.
A one-day training that is an overview of the research behind relationships, experiential reflection as well as hands-on activities that school personnel can use within the classroom to connect with their students beyond content.
Young people are looking for a way to express themselves and invest themselves in important issues. Is your organization equipped to listen to their voices and partner with them in meaningful ways? This workshop will examine various ways to engage youth as leaders throughout your program.
Lions and beavers and otters, oh my! Want to know how to get along well with your friends? Why you are at ease with some people and not with others? Join in on this fun session to learn more about personalities. This discovery will help you identify the animals you run around with and how to best work with them as a team!
Youth and adults side-by-side, working in partnership, teaching and learning from each other. We don’t see this often, do we? There are too many looming battles of language, hobby, dress, music and style. Learn how you can promote and build partnerships with adults and youth around you!
Vision and Project Planning. If your group wants to achieve great things, you must first take the time to make a good plan. In this workshop you will learn effective planning strategies, including tools to help you craft your project vision, capture the details of your project, create an action plan, keep your group accountable to action, and reflect upon the success of your plan. You will also have time to start planning a project that you would like to carry out in your own community. Come ready to dream, explore, and work together towards positive community change.
Serve with Purpose
Play with Purpose
Workshops that fit Title 1 Funding Criteria:
The old model of leading workshops is to inform and leave it at that. We seek to actively engage participants, model best practices and provide participants with tools you can put to immediate use.
For more information on trainings, contact us at 615.262.9676.
I appreciate the kinetic and hands-on activities. Creative ideas. Very active! Fun! Fun! Fun! Energetic presentation! I loved interacting with other participants. Engaging. Very interactive, fun and dynamic.
Great resources. I can apply these tools in my program tomorrow! I knew a little about the principles, but now I see how all the concepts fit together I have an action plan to take home!
It was inspiring, thought-provoking and convicting. This was the best workshop of the whole conference! Very engaging and memorable. Healthy Communities – Healthy Youth Conference
“Ann Saylor and Susan Ragsdale are two of the best presenters I have ever received training from.” Joy Scalf, Carter Cares After School Program
For more trainings, books and download samples on creativity, team building and service, go to our Books and Resources.