As we work through the upheaval of a global pandemic & its long-term impacts on youth service, the Weikart Center has designed resources to provide avenues of support & instruction to help network leaders, program managers, and youth workers meet the moment. 

The webinars featured below are organized in accordance with our overarching theory of how change happens:


Supporting Network Leads 

Data Disrupted: Practical Solutions to Adapt Research & Evaluation Plans During COVID-19

This webinar convened researchers, evaluators & funders to discuss practical solutions for interrupted data collection efforts & reporting expectations to promote the continuation of quality improvement conversations and the sharing of program impact stories. This panel addressed questions such as: Should we revise our plan or stop the evaluation completely? What data is most relevant, useful, and practical to collect in this new context? How else can we add value if data collection efforts are put on hold? How should we communicate necessary adjustments and contingencies to key stakeholders? 

Managing Detours on Your Network Leader Roadmap

Resources from other Network Leaders exploring how to support your providers and organizations as they manage change during these unprecedented times. 

Rising to the Challenge: Leveraging the Science of Learning & Development to Address the Times

As we anticipate a “new normal,” how will emerging findings from the sciences inform how we respond to the challenges our young people, families, communities, and professionals are facing in this rapidly changing context? This webinar links the urgency of the science – what we know about how young people learn, develop, and thrive- to the urgency of the times. 

Youth Work Methods Remix – Shifting from Live to Virtual Facilitation: A Webinar for YWM TOT Graduates

Presenter: Monica Marie Jones 

Being a dynamic facilitator includes being responsive to change. This webinar connected Youth Work Methods TOT Grads to explore how to transition live trainings to virtual experiences. 


Supporting Program Leaders 

“And I Thought Snow Days Were Hard!”: Effective Strategies for Coaching Leaders in Challenging Times

Presenter: bob Maureen 

Learn strategies you can use immediately to shift how you respond to uncertain times and support the people around you. This webinar will help Site Coordinators and Program Managers increase self-awareness, understand the power of words, and adopt a positive, empowered mindset, so you can effectively lead your staff through the obstacles & challenges facing us. 

High-Quality Practices in Engaging Youth Virtually

Presenter: Monica Marie Jones and Suzie Staley 

Strategies, tools, and resources that will support you as you transition to providing high quality, engaging virtual experiences for young people virtually.  

Supporting SEL Wellness for Staff & Colleagues

Presenters: Monica Marie Jones and Alandra Chuney

During these challenging times, many of us are being called upon to approach our work in new and challenging ways while also dealing with other stressors. This webinar explores strategies for self-care, sustaining motivation while working from home, & supporting our staff & colleagues in doing the same. 

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important