On June 22nd and 23rd, the Montana Afterschool Alliance and Greater Gallatin United Way’s kidsLINK Afterschool Program hosted the Afterschool & Beyond Conference for Youth Development Professionals in Montana. The conference was a huge success, with over 100 attendees participating in the training.
The conference consisted of two full days of training, with the first day featuring Beyond the Bell Training from Fausto Lopez of American Institutes for Research. Beyond the Bell is a toolkit that assists out-of-school time programs in the development, implementation, and applied evaluation of program offerings.
Day two included a morning session on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study that was presented by Todd Garrison, Executive Director of the ChildWise Institute and Sue Chvilicek, a Juvenile Probation Officer.
unch time was spent learning about Arts in Afterschool and listening to three incredibly engaging and accomplished artists from around the state.
The afternoon session of day two featured Lynette Rodi, a licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed addiction counselor, who presented on compassion fatigue and self-care in the workplace.
The purpose of the conference was to provide a professional development opportunity for out-of-school time providers and staff from around the state. Material presented will be used to improve the quality of programs and to create a more positive experience for staff working with youth.
As a result of the great turnout, engaged audience, and positive feedback. the Montana Afterschool Alliance looks forward to being a part of more professional development opportunities, statewide, in the future.