Social Justice Education
Working with Young People
Pippi leads workshops and trainings on a variety of topics. The following workshops can be adapted to the specific context in which you work or teach.
Active Listening is a set of powerful strategies that communicate to others that they are visible to you. Whether we’re with coworkers or clients, we need strategies to infuse our values into our daily interactions. How can we actively communicate abstract ideas like “respect” or “openness”? At this workshop, you'll learn concrete verbal and non-verbal techniques that work immediately to address power differentials within groups and improve one-on-one communication. You’ll learn how to improve your effectiveness by communicating to others that you value them as human beings, a central task of building strong relationships, powerful collaborations, and equitable communities.
Discipline can be one of the most challenging parts of working with young people! When we interact with kids, we can't avoid our obligation to make boundaries for them, but, at this workshop, you'll learn ways to make the expertence easier, less stressful, and less antagonistic. You'll learn a framework for making decisions about how to match your boundaries to the situation at hand, and how to communicate your approach to the other adults you work with. The session will also focus on how to modify behavior and net limits using techniques that encourage self -moderation and cooperation between adults and young people.
As adults, how do we figure out which behaviors are appropriate and which are inappropriate? Beyond legal requirements, what should the “rules” be for adult behavior in our organizations? In this workshop, participants will learn theoretical frameworks for discerning the “bottom line” for adult behavior in the areas of emotional boundaries, self-disclosure, and interpersonal interactions between adults and young people. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these theories to boundary formation in their own organizations and contexts.
For some of us, working with young people, whether as a parent, educator, or caretaker, might be the first time we’ve revisited that phase of life since our own childhoods. When we are unaware of how our own childhood experiences shape our perceptions of working with children, we can be controlled by our past and blocked from using our past as a resource. In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to attend to your own experiences at the age of the young people you now work with, and to consider how your current role as an adult can draw on your childhood insights.
In our work with other adults, we can often feel frustrated when work is not evenly distributed or when we are not receiving the support we need from the team. This dynamic is even more likely to arise when young people work together as a group. How can we divide tasks fairly? How can we address seemingly unfair situations in a way that will increase our closeness as a team, rather than cause group conflict? In this session, you’ll learn a series of steps you can take to effectively address scenarios that you find unfair, and to teach young people to do the same.
Working with groups often involves working with others to plan, make decisions, and hold meetings. In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies to help you communicate as a group and move forward as a team. This includes decision-making strategies and theories and discussion techniques. These group process strategies are also applicable for helping groups of young people learn to collaborate.
When we see problems in our world, it can be difficult to know how to make change. At this workshop, participants will learn a framework for categorizing strategies for making change, and will consider their own preferences, skills, and roles in taking action.What do people think after working with Pippi?