Facilitation Skills & Curriculum Development Training
Do you work with at-risk youth in a school, probation, foster care or community-based context? Do you find yourself reading mindfulness curricula and wondering how you could adapt the material or deliver it to the youth you are working with? Are you already integrating mindfulness, council or other emotional awareness practices into your work with and wanting to develop your material and your facilitation skills?
Unlike our previous trainings, this workshop assumes providers have some grounding in mindfulness practice (a few retreats, a focus on the cultivation of present moment awareness in daily life). The focus of the training will be “talking shop” about how to build a container to deliver mindfulness-based interventions, how to build and refine curriculum modules, and how to develop themes, teaching stories, and games that teach mindfulness in culturally relevant ways to specific youth populations. Our goal is to demystify curriculum planning and creation so that attendees can be “liberated” to try their own experiments.
The weekend training will include periods of mindfulness practice, guided inquiry and discussion, and role-play as well as significant time for participants to bring specific questions and issues
from their own work with youth to the MBA teaching staff. Participants will actively engage in the creation of their own curriculum materials with MBA instructors and receive both audio and written curriculum materials from MBA.
Who: The training will be led by Vinny Ferraro and Iamani I. Ameni. Vinny is a long-time mindfulness meditation practitioner, meditation instructor and a nationally recognized pioneer in bringing contemplative practice and emotional awareness programming to at-risk, gang-involved and incarcerated youth and the community of providers that serve them. The child of an incarcerated father, Vinny spent the majority of his teenage life hustling and living on the streets. In 1987, while in the process of recovering from a severe drug addiction, he began leading youth groups in rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls and half-way houses through the Hospitals and Institutions Program of Narcotics Anonymous. Vinny went on to become Director of Training for Challenge Day, a nationally-recognized transformational change organization that helps adolescents overcome internalized and external oppression, cultivate emotional well-being, and create healthier communities. He is the subject of the MTV series If You Really Knew Me.
Iamani has been mentoring youth for over five years with The Mosaic Project, Challenge Day, and the MBA Project. Amani has also been a Peer Health Educator and the Community Outreach Manager for P.A.S.S.H.E.N (Peers Advocating Safety and Sexual Health Education Now). He served as the Student/Teacher/Parent Liaison for Youth Together and is a founding member of the arts-in-action groups, Freedom Academic Movement (F.A.M.), and People Organizing with Each Other for Revolution (P.O.W.E.R). He worked as a consultant for Diversity Works for two years after completing their summer institute and co-facilitated diversity trainings for young people and adults alike. Iamani has led the meditation program in the maximum security unit of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center for the past half-decade.
When & Where: Saturday 12/3/11 – Sunday 12/4/11, Oakland, CA (Location sent out post-registration), 10:00am – 6:00pm each day. Participants must commit to attending the entire weekend; single-day attendance will not be offered.
Workshop cost is $225 before November 1; $295 November 1st and after. CEUs are available.
MBA will consider a limited number of requests for financial aid from individuals who are actively working with at-risk youth (incarcerated, gang-involved, homeless, or foster youth, etc.). For more information about financial assistance, please contact MBA at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Attn: Dec 2011 Training” in the subject line.