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AMP Trainings


AMP offers trainings in the area of advocacy, relationships, school issues and what it's like to be a youth in the child welfare system.  We can provide trainings as a conference workshop or a session at an agency/support group.  Below are the training offered, please take a look and let us know if you would like AMP to do a training for you.  All travel expenses need to be covered by the training requester.


BESAFE

B-Birth Relationships

S-Sibling Relationships

A-Adoptive Relationships

F-Foster Relationships

E-Evolving Relationships

This training is intended to help youth, adults, and professionals explore the importance of the birth family, siblings, and other connections for the foster/adopted youth. In our desire to provide youth with safety and security, foster/adoptive parents and child welfare professionals have sometimes isolated youth from their families of origin, resulting in unnecessary additional struggles for youth upon reaching adulthood. This training will help foster/adoptive parents and professionals equip the youth to form their own realistic expectations for their relationships with birth family members, siblings, caregivers and future relationships by presenting youth with honest, age appropriate information.

Participants will learn the importance of encouraging AMP youth to develop relationships with mentors, teachers, foster parents and other adults in the community to become their future support system. In a power point presentation, this workshop will look at helping youth to identify important adults in their lives, consider ways to maintain family ties and how to search for their permanent connections. This training is meant to discuss the range of contact that a youth might have with birth family, reasons why many youth seek out their family of origin upon reaching adulthood, and how to maximize the healthiness of these past/present role plays by connections. AMP youth will be used to teach teens and adults how to engage in a conversation, putting youth in supporting the connections they charge of the process and choose.

Presenters: Adults affiliated with the AMP program (foster/adoptive parents, social workers and/or Council Facilitators who are alumni of care) and AMP members.

 

More Than My File

This workshop is designed specifically to help young people discover their strengths and the power of their influence. However, they cannot fully utilize their strengths and influence on their own -- they need professionals who are willing to assist AMP youth in focusing on their individuality, history, culture, and identity. The participants will learn how to motivate youth to be more involved and proactive in their destinies. Foster parents will learn that having positive working relationships with youth means looking beyond their file and getting to know them on a more personal level. This workshop is designed to facilitate better understanding by foster and adoptive parents of who teens really are and what they bring into care; to facilitate a better working/living relationship between adults and teens. It can also help teenagers discover their strengths and help adults in their lives guide them. The individuality, history, culture, and identity of the youth are vital, as are the professionals in their lives motivating them when they can look past “The File.”

 “Stories of Hope” Make A Game Activity, Scenarios Based on a Foster Child’s File, Characteristics of an Age Appropriate Teen, You Say/Child Hears Activity. The purpose of this game activity is to reinforce to adults what it is like for foster children to move from home to home, having to adjust to new rules and people. The game activity is run by the teens. The scenario based on files is used to help people understand what the information in a file leaves out and to help the adults brainstorm the skills they might need to deal with each youth. Other activities are more or less what the name suggests.

Intended audience—foster parents, social workers and advocates are the main intended audience; youth would be welcome as well. No prior knowledge is necessary. Presenters: Adults affiliated with the AMP program (foster/adoptive parents, social workers and/or chapter facilitators who are alumni of care) and AMP youth members.

 

The School of Foster Care

 Well-meaning educators sometimes assign tasks that are awkward, difficult or impossible for foster and adopted youth to complete. This session, co-presented by current and former foster youth, explores some school related issues, why youth struggle with them, and how to approach educators about making schools more sensitive to youth. Also included are alternative suggestions for traditional assignments. The participants will leave more aware of the challenges youth face in school and why these issues arise. They will also understand why it is important that they advocate for youth in school and will leave with increased ability to work in cooperation with teachers and administrators to make classrooms more friendly to foster and adopted youth. Presenters: Adults affiliated with the AMP program (foster/adoptive parents, social workers and/or chapter facilitators who are alumni of care) and AMP youth members.

 

Preparing for Court

It is essential for youth's voices to be heard during legal proceedings.  To effectively accomplish this, they need to be well prepared. This interactive workshop, which is co-presented by young people, will familiarize foster youth and foster parents with the court system, prepare them for court dates, and make them more confident when working with the legal system. They will learn appropriate etiquette as well as what is expected of them. Participants will learn how youth, social workers, judges, and lawyers can partner creatively.  Foster parents will leave with an understanding that the system is there to protect them and the children they serve.

Presenters:  One or more highly esteemed legal professionals from Iowa; one or more AMP Council Facilitators; and AMP youth.

 

Unleash Your Potential

This training is designed to help youth advocate for not only themselves, but also other youth who share similar backgrounds in the child welfare system. The need for change is best illustrated through sharing his or her personal story of hope. In order to do this effectively some basic skills are essential. This training was created in order to teach youth some of those skills. Topics included in this workshop are public speaking skills, how to cater to your audience, what parts of your story to share, and the importance of sharing your story. It is important that youth are allowed to express themselves in ways they feel comfortable.

Throughout this workshop, our AMP youth will show the audience the various ways in which they share their own story, whether in hip-hop, art, public speaking, or other means of expression. This training is taught by two social workers who are also foster parents, in addition to the alumni and youth. Participants will explore different ways they feel comfortable expressing themselves.

AMP DVD’s, art, and other forms of personal stories will be utilized to give further examples of ways the youth stories can be shared.

This training is designed to help youth advocate for themselves as well as to bring about change in the child welfare system. The need for change is best illustrated through sharing his or her personal journey of hope. In order to do this effectively, some basic skills are essential.  This training was created in order to teach youth some of those skills. Topics included in this workshop are public speaking skills, how to cater to your audience, strategic sharing, and the importance of sharing your story.

It is important that youth are allowed to express themselves in ways they feel comfortable. Throughout this workshop, our AMP youth will show the audience the various ways in which they share their own story whether in hip-hop, art, public speaking, or other means of expression.

 By attending this training, we want youth to come away with the skills necessary to communicate effectively. We also want them to be comfortable sharing their personal experiences with others. This training is intended to increase youth self-esteem and create a positive attitude for advocacy. This training is also intended to help professionals and foster parents understand how important the youth's story is and the variety of ways it can be expressed.


To set up a training contact: Ruth Buckels - AMP Statewide Coordinator  515-291-4581 

 

rbuckels@yss.ames.ia.us

 

 

 

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