Date: 3/4/2016, 9:30 am—3:30 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
To bring about opportunities for success for those living in the child welfare system, young people and adults need to work together as partners. Both youth and adults have much to offer in this partnership. One of the greatest challenges to success in sustaining effective youth/adult partnerships is the impact of ageism and adultism on our interactions with one another. During this interactive training, participants will explore the impacts of institutional, individual, and societal ageism as it relates to the overall wellbeing and success of youth in care. We will outline best practices to support long-term success for clients, and consider practices for positive community transformation through individual, cultural, and institutional means. Through experiential exercises, large and small group dialogue, lecture, and personal reflection, attendees will work to unearth unconscious attitudes and behaviors, and challenge how these ideas influence our connections with the young people we support. Attendees will also develop a working understanding of oppression theory and fundamental concepts needed to discuss and challenge systems of ageism and adultism that negatively impact the experiences of the youth whom we serve.