Y-TAC Webinar: Foundations of Inclusion and Safety for Serving and Supporting Youth

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is landmark legislation designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system, help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers, and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

As a result, the fields of education and  vocational rehabilitation continue to expand to include a broader constituency, and, as professionals, we are challenged to stretch our knowledge, skills, and attitudes to design and provide services that are welcoming, inclusive, and authentic, while demonstrating an adherence to industry established ethical and quality standards.

When we are providing our best services, youth/family engagement, cultural competency, trauma informed practices, and ethics are key considerations for philosophy, practice and decision making. Join this discussion to explore the nuances of making the shift from philosophy to practice while focusing on providing person-first services. 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the resources available to support youth in their journey to employment success, key concepts, and competencies necessary to create a foundation for ongoing participation in the Youth Services Professionals/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (YSP/KSA) training modules.

Participants in the webinar explored the following foundational concepts and competencies:

  • Creating safe and inclusive learning environments for youth;
  • Universal Design principles for program facilities and learning materials;
  • Providing trauma informed practices in all settings;
  • Youth Voice, Youth Choice, and Supported Decision-making principles; and
  • Key considerations of ethics and cultural awareness for providing exemplary services.

This event was sponsored by the Federally Funded Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center, the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Department of Career and Technical Education.

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