Collective For Youth

Project Wild  workshops presented by Nebraska Game and Parks

Project WILD provides interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum and materials that focus on wildlife. Project WILD programs and materials assist learners of all ages to develop the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to act responsibly in matters concerning wildlife. Nebraska’s Project WILD Program offers educator workshop including: Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD and Flying WILD. Additionally, we offer many advanced workshops focusing on specific topics such as bats, pollinators, insects and birds. Workshops are free and provide educators with curriculum guides and resources.

To register for Growing Up Wild on April 6, 2017 click HERE

To register for Linking Literature & Science: Birds on April 11, 2017 click HERE.

Youth Work Methods Workshops 

Presented by Gwyn Williams and LaRon Henderson, these interactive and hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth.

These trainings are designed to empower direct-staff or anyone interested in working with youth with tools that will increase the quality of their work with youth. Anyone in the community is welcome to sign up. All workshops are FREE, but registration is required.

All Youth Work Methods workshops will be held at:

CASA, 2412 St Mary’s Ave., Omaha, NE
CFY Contact:

WORKSHOP 1: Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach

August 26, 2016; 9am – 11am
Youth Programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivations, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series.

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WORKSHOP 2: Building Community

August 26, 2016; 11am – 1pm
Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.

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WORKSHOP 3: Structure and Clear Limits

September 23, 2016; 10am – noon
Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

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WORKSHOP 4: Reframing Conflict

October 28, 2016; 10am – noon
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the High/Scope step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution.

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WORKSHOP 5: Ask-Listen-Encourage

November 18, 2016; 10 AM – noon
Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.

Register for Workshop 5 here.   This training is full.

WORKSHOP 6: Homework Help

January 27, 2017; 10am – noon
This course focuses on making homework help time effective by helping youth get organized, by providing an atmosphere that helps youth focus on their work, and by building a supportive relationship with youth. These elements help participants re-consider Homework Help as an opportunity to build relationships and nurture positive growth, beyond getting the work done.

Register for Workshop 6 here.


WORKSHOP 7: Active Learning

February 24, 2017; May 12, 2017 9am – 11am
Do you know the difference between active learning and hands-on learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the “ingredients” of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

WORKSHOP 8: Cooperative Learning

February 24, 2017;May 12, 2017 11am – 1pm
Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering.

Register for Workshops 7 and 8 here.


WORKSHOP 9: Youth Voice

March 24, 2017; 10am – noon
Research shows that quality programs in-corporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership.

Register for Workshop 9 here.


WORKSHOP 10: Program Planning and Reflection

April 21, 2017; 10am – noon
Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy to use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.

Register for Workshop 10 here.