The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today. This Chinese proverb is how I’m starting 2022. Excited to seed & nourish & stretch and braid roots with so many of you.
I’ve started the year thinking about the seeds of the youth development field planted more than 20 years ago, and the seeds that we are planting today to build and strengthen the field; leveraging science and lived expertise to support young people to thrive. I too am excited to “seed and nourish and stretch and braid roots” together this year as we continue our work to change the odds that young people are ready for college, work, and life.
We know that one of the ways that the Weikart Center plants seeds and builds the field is through our capacity-building training workshops and retreats. We are thrilled to announce that we are finalizing plans for two long-anticipated, in-person, Weikart-hosted events in Spring 2022. The first is a Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers (TOT) at Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan on April 26-28, 2022, to prepare participants to lead our ten Youth Work Methods workshops. The second is the first public offering of our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Training of Facilitators Retreat to prepare seasoned trainers to facilitate our ten SEL Youth Work Methods workshops. This retreat-style workshop will be held in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan on May 23-27, 2022. Registration will be posted to our events page on January 20 – be on the lookout for an additional email from us this month once registration for these events opens!
We are excited to offer these immersive learning experiences to the field while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety. Our safety protocols and other important details will be outlined on the registration pages. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to our Capacity Building team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy start to the New Year,
Kimberly H. Robinson, Ph.D. | (she, her, hers)
Managing Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment