CornellCornell Cooperative Extension Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties presents a Connecting With Kids Workshop, “Diversity: Nurturing Positive Youth Development” from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, April 6 at Herkimer College, Robert McLaughlin College Center, Reservoir Rd, Herkimer.

This workshop will refresh our understanding of positive youth development and look at what impact diversity impacts youth work professionals. How do we continue to create the nurturing relationships, environments and opportunities we know all youth need? Workshop participants will explore core principles of youth development and how to apply them to program settings. Participants will walk away with tools and resources they can use in their home communities.

Our Presenter, Heather Wynkoop Beach is currently an Extension Support Specialist with the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence at Cornell University, which is housed within the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Heather provides training, support and curriculum development to youth-serving agencies across New York State. Heather came to the Center of Excellence in 2008, after 15 years working in the non-profit sector as a trainer, facilitator and educator in the fields of conflict resolution, violence prevention, diversity and community building.  She received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and MS in Education from Elmira College.

Please register by Thursday, March 30, 2016.

You may call the CCE Herkimer County office with your registration at (315) 866-7920 or register online at or email your information to Please indicate what agency or school district you are from, a daytime phone number and the name(s) of those attending.

Connecting with Kids is a free workshop series for human service providers, school district personnel, youth organization staff, childcare providers, coaches, volunteers, parents, and anyone who is interested in the well being of our youth.  It is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties, and is supported by a generous grant from the Slocum-Dickson Foundation.

By martha

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