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Expanding Youth Engagement

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

It’s official! I am proud to say I have passed my certification as a Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Methods Trainer! Two weeks ago I spent three exhausting but exciting days being trained to facilitate workshops for program staff which will allow me to train our Theatre Action Project teaching artists directly in specific components of high quality youth engagement. The trainings focus on a variety of best practices for youth leaders in after school: active learning, reframing conflict, and youth voice are a few examples. I will also lead a few workshops throughout the year for other after school organizations in the community. TAP has been actively participating in the YPQ initiative with the Central Texas Afterschool Network, and I’m thrilled that we will be able to provide more training opportunities to our teaching artists working in the after school community.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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