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Presentation Descriptions

We offer a number of compelling presentations to initiate or strengthen your efforts to help young people thrive. In addition to the events you’ll find listed here, we can customize a presentation, keynote, workshop, or entire training series to meet your unique needs. Visit our site often to see new content as it is developed.

Call Donna Duffey today at 800-294-4322 or email her (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) to find out how we can help!


Newest Workshop

Charting the Course: Successful Strategies in Youth Development, This high-energy, interactive 1 day workshop provides a wealth of positive youth development experiential implementation strategies, complete with the details you will need to replicate them in your own setting. Facilitated by Senior Trainer Marilyn Peplau, the session contains practical, easy-to-implement techniques to deepen your practice in Positive Youth Development (PYD). Information shared is drawn from communities across North America implementing a PYD framework (like the Developmental Assets®). Participants will be provided access to support resources on Bolster Collaborative’s website in addition to materials provided throughout the session.

Key Objectives:

  • Review the 8 principles of Positive Youth Development
  • Explore practical and easily implemented strategies which correspond with the 8 principles
  • Interact as a group and learn how to use the strategies in your community

Presenter:  Marilyn Peplau

Participant comments:  "Terrific, Energizing, Fun!;" "Great, Great, Great! Can't wait to share with my community!;" "The materials make me really excited to use in the future."

Developmental Assets is a registered trademark of Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Implementation Workshops

Bolster Collaborative is proud to announce two new workshops available for delivery*. In partnership with Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation , we now offer implementation training OR student training in Safe Dates and Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program. Both are evidence-based curricula with a proven record of impact. Call Donna today at 800-294-4322 to schedule your training date!                       

*NOTE: Bolster Collaborative is the authorized provider of Safe Dates and Lifelines training in the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. We are also authorized to provide the training to previous customers.

Safe Dates Curriculum Implementation Training

Safe Dates Training Program

This implementation training will help prevention specialists maintain program fidelity and optimize your
students' experience--and your school's outcomes--with this research-based program.

Key Objectives

  • help students understand what constitutes healthy and abusive relationships
  • identify and discuss dating abuse, its causes and consequences
  • provide students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships
  • provide students with the skills to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution

Presenters:  Tim Duffey, Deborah Fisher, Anna Nelson, and Marilyn Peplau

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Lifelines Prevention Curriculum Implementation Training

Lifelines Suicide Prevention Curriculum Training

This one-day training is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for implementing the Lifelines curriculum with fidelity.  

Key Objectives

  • give an overview of the comprehensive components of Lifelines
  • cite the research behind Lifelines that has proven its effectiveness
  • implement the Lifelines elements:  develop administrative procedures and establish links to the community; conduct faculty and staff member training and provide parent education.  
  • use the detailed instructor's guide to teach four 45-minute lessons to students on suicide. These lessons prepare students to identify suicidal behavior, respond appropriately, and obtain help for their friends and themselves
  • be seen as a resource for students and adults who are concerned about suicide
  • know how to respond effectively if they become concerned about a student
  • become comfortable with the Lifelines skill-based approach, including role-playing

 Presenters:  Tim Duffey, Deborah Fisher, Anna Nelson and Marilyn Peplau

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.

 


Workshop Presentations

Meaningful Results through Effective Mentoring Relationships

Drawn from research demonstrating that the quality of the mentoring relationship is directly correlated with positive outcomes, this workshop focuses on the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors that enhance the mentoring relationship. Program coordinators will leave having specific content that can be integrated into mentor training.

Key Objectives

  • Understand the concept of positive youth development and the research links to reductions in risk behaviors and an increase in positive outcomes.
  • Review a framework of positive youth development.
  • Examine the qualities of an effective mentor.
  • Identify the attitudes and skills mentors use to effectively engage and connect with youth.
  • Develop a module that can be integrated into mentor training.
  • Identify resources and supports to sustain efforts.

Presenters: Deborah Fisher, Marilyn Peplau

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


The Growth Zone of Staff and Student Development

This highly engaging workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn and experience the tools, strategies and frameworks that will help them collectively design a continuous learning plan. Practice is included which supports strong relationships and an asset-rich learning environment for the growth and success of staff and students.

Key Objectives

  • Understand how the brain works and remembers (stages of learning, mindset, and executive brain function).
  • Link the research on Positive Youth Development to school success.
  • Know and apply staff development standards (context, content and process standards).
  • Identify and experience ways to collect data that will continue to improve instruction and learning.
  • Commit to sustaining learning through building an action plan for ongoing staff development.

Presenters: Marilyn Peplau and Nancy Tellett-Royce

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


 

A School Culture Built for Success

This interactive workshop is designed for elementary and secondary school communities that want to examine the elements of positive school climate and apply this knowledge to fostering successful outcomes for students. The workshop will focus on specific strategies that will improve school connectedness, safety, teaching and learning, and the environment. Further, there will be strategies offered that can sustain the journey toward a school community in which all are committed to supporting student-learning and positive youth development. 

Key Objectives

  • Describe the influence of and research about positive school climate that supports student learning and positive youth development.
  • Explore strengths and challenges with their school’s climate.
  • Identify four key elements of positive school climate and implementation strategies that promote these elements.
  • Apply strategies that will strengthen and sustain their positive school climate efforts.

Presenters:  Chris Beyer and Marilyn Peplau

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Addressing and Preventing Bullying Behavior in Out-of-School Programs

Drawn from the most current research on bullying behavior this workshop is designed to assist programs in identifying, responding to, and preventing bullying behavior in programs serving youth in the out-of-school hours. The workshop is divided into two parts which can be combined to create a one-day training. They can also be conducted separately as half-day workshops based on the needs or objectives of a sponsoring organization or institution.

Key Objectives

Part 1 (3 hours): Recognizing and Responding to Bullying Behavior When It Occurs in Your Program

  • Understand what bullying is and is not.
  • Understand what bullying behavior might look like in a program setting.
  • Explore ideas for responding to bullying behavior.
  • Become equipped with specific strategies for addressing bullying behavior when it occurs.

Part 2 (3 hours): Making Your Program a Bully-Free Zone: Creating a Safe and Supportive Program Climate

  • Examine the connection between program climate and bullying prevention.
  • Explore the power of individual relationships in creating a positive program climate.
  • Consider the importance of program culture in preventing bullying behavior and examine specific strategies for building a culture of respect for differences among program participants.
  • Explore ideas for building connections with families of program participants as part of creating a supportive network to help prevent bullying.
  • Identify and commit to one new bullying prevention strategy that they will apply in their work within their program.

Presenter: Deborah Fisher

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Kindling Relationships — the Key to Successful Mentoring

Drawn from research demonstrating that the quality of the mentoring relationship is directly correlated with positive outcomes, this workshop provides mentors with knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors that enhance the mentoring relationship and equips them to serve as effective mentors.

Key Objectives

  • Review a framework of positive youth development and the research links to reductions in risk behaviors and an increase in positive outcomes.
  • Examine the role and qualities of an effective mentor.
  • Distinguish relational and goal-directed mentoring and effective decision-making strategies.
  • Examine and practice research-based strategies to enhance and strengthen relationships.
  • Review resources to support their role as mentors.

Presenters: Deborah Fisher, and Marilyn Peplau 

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


 

Building Developmental Assets in School Communities

This workshop will describe the connections between Search Institute's Developmental Assets ® and student achievements, show how to build assets for every student, and empower educators to initiate, increase, and strengthen the asset-building efforts that already exist in their school.

Key Objectives

  • Become familiar with the connections between the asset framework and academic
  • Commit to forming and maintaining relationships with students that are mutually respectful, caring, and genuine.
  • Commit to personally becoming an asset builder for the youth in their school and life.
  • Begin creating a plan for institutionalizing the Developmental Assets framework in their school communities.

Presenters: Chris Beyer, Marilyn Peplau, and Clay Roberts

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Sharing the Asset Message

This workshop will help asset advocates in a community or organization effectively deliver a variety of asset-building messages to multiple audiences. It is designed for people who are interested in the asset framework and have a commitment to sharing the asset message.

Key Objectives

  • Describe the Developmental Assets® framework and discuss how they relate to other positive youth development efforts.
  • Identify key asset-building messages within presentations of varying lengths.
  • Develop engaging presentation strategies to meet the unique needs of any audience.
  • Effectively use relevant presentation materials, tools, and methods to ensure a successful presentation.

Presenters: Chris Beyer, Marilyn Peplau, Clay Roberts, and Deborah Fisher

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Everyone’s an Asset Builder - Integrating Developmental Assets into Your Life

This workshop introduces participants to the Developmental Assets® and invites them to become asset builders in their personal and professional life. It is designed for adults and youth who would like to be more intentional about making Developmental Assets an active part of their life. No prior knowledge of the Developmental Assets framework is needed.

Key Objectives

• Understand the Developmental Assets framework and the role of asset builders.

• Identify the characteristic of effective asset builders and the participants’ personal strengths and challenges.

• Understand the “circles of influence” and identify which circles have potential for asset building.

• Explore barriers to being an individual asset builder.

• Make and share a personal commitment to asset-building action.

Presenters: Chris Beyer, Marilyn Peplau, Clay Roberts, and Deborah Fisher

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


               Keynote Presentations

Several members of our team offer keynotes that inspire and motivate audiences . . . whether they be professionals, volunteers, or parents. Liv Lane, Anna Nelson, Roberto Rivera, Clay Roberts, and Erin Walsh comprise our primary keynote line-up. A sample keynote outline is provided below as a reference. Contact Donna at (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or 800-294-4322 for additional information about how we can address the needs of your organization or conference!

The Power of Purpose: Guiding Youth To Discover Their Inner Sparks By Reigniting Your Own

When you look closely at kids who are motivated, resilient, compassionate and positive, you’ll see a common, magic thread: a sense of purpose propelling them forward in wonderful ways. So, how can we instill and cultivate purpose in our young people? By helping them discover and cultivate their sparks – the innate passions, talents and interests that light them up from the inside out. In the last decade of his career, positive youth development pioneer and former Search Institute president & CEO Dr. Peter Benson (1946-2011) was particularly excited by the potential of sparks to infuse young people – and the caring adults in their lives – with a deeper sense of purpose and worth in the world. His daughter Liv leverages her rich background in family communications and personal growth to carry on that legacy, inspiring audiences with compelling insights and engaging personal stories about her dad, their shared vision, and her own profound experiences helping youth and adults identify their sparks to light up their lives.

Expected Outcomes

  • Open or close your event with a spark! Expect an emotional, empowering and enlightening session that energizes your audience around their important work in the world.
  • Learn the power of purpose – what it is, where we get it and why it matters for all of us.
  • Understand the history and concept of sparks and their role in positive youth development.
  • Explore the powerful process of identifying and cultivating a child’s innate gifts, talents and interests, with specific examples of kids who are “sparking.”
  • Identify the characteristics of an effective sparks champion and hear examples of how this work not only empowers youth, but also the adults cheering them on.

Presenter: Liv Lane

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.


Training of Trainers Workshops

Raising Thriving Kids Training of Trainers (TOT)

This 2-day training-of-trainers (TOT) event teaches a curriculum consisting of five 90-120 minute sessions to staff who work with parents. These sessions can be used with parents over an extended period, even over a period of several months. Each session stands alone, so parents can miss any of them and still benefit from the ones they do attend. The intended audience is 20-50 parents of students in grades K-12.

The workshops are designed to teach parents how to intentionally build Developmental Assets® with their children. As a result of the program parents learn about the Developmental Assets; examine the relationship between assets, high-risk behaviors and thriving indicators; and identify and implement practical strategies to help their children build specific assets in each asset category. 

Expected Outcomes

Below is the focus of each session participants of this TOT learn to deliver:

  • In Session 1, you introduce parents to Developmental Assets; you examine the relationship between assets, high-risk behaviors, and thriving indicators; and you identify practical strategies for parents to help their children build assets.
  • In Session 2, you focus on assets in the two categories of Support and Empowerment. You specifically address Asset 2, Positive Family Communication; and Asset 8, Youth as Resources.
  • In Session 3, you focus on assets in the two categories of Boundaries and Expectations; and Constructive Use of Time. You specifically address Asset 11, Family Boundaries; Asset 17, Creative Activities; Asset 18, Youth Programs; and Asset 20, Time at Home.
  • In Session 4, you focus on assets in the two categories of Commitment to Learning and Positive Values. You specifically address Asset 25, Reading for Pleasure. And you give parents a strategy for building Positive Values assets 26-31, Caring, Equality and Social Justice, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, and Restraint.
  • In Session 5, you focus on assets in the two categories of Social Competencies and Positive Identity. You specifically address Asset 35, Resistance Skills; and Assets 39, Sense of Purpose. This session is a good one for you to invite young people—children of your parents—to attend.

Presenter: Clay Roberts

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.

Developmental Assets are a registered trademark of Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN.


Building Developmental Assets in School Communities Training of Trainers (TOT)

This Training of Trainers event prepares participants to effectively deliver the popular workshop, Building Developmental Assets in School Communities.With guidance from a master trainer you'll learn effective presentation techniques, alternative strategies for delivery, and methods for addressing participant questions. A detailed training curriculum helps you spread the message further, faster, and easier using your own capacity to sustain the momentum within your school system.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Learn how to organize and facilitate a one-day asset-building workshop for your staff. Learn how to accurately and effectively field questions from participants.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to create developmentally rich school communities.
  • Receive reference and recommended resources that will help participants implement
  • Developmental Asset® strategies in the school community.

Presenter: Clay Roberts

If you would like to know more about or schedule this presentation, please email Donna Duffey (donna@bolstercollaborative.com) or call 1-800-294-4322.

 

Developmental Assets are a registered trademark of Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

                         

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