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If you are a youth serving organization

and wish to request a training contact


I’m Okay You’re Okay

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023.  1pm - 3pm 

Meeting Room #311B, Kanawha County Public Library,123 Capital Street Charleston, WV

This training is being provided for the WV Statewide Afterschool Network and Step-by-Step.

Primary audience: Directors and staff in afterschool programs in 

Contacts: Loren Farmer  or Cassidy Bailey


TRAINING OBJECTIVES: Participants will…

  •  Be able to explain what cultural competence is

  •  Be able to describe multiple components of culture

  •  Understand why conflict occurs between various culture disrupting cultural competence

  •  Understand and practice ways to build cultural competence

  •  Understand how to support individuals with disabilities build cultural competence

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT   THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2023 - 12pm - 12:30pm

Regional Transition Navigator Services (RTNS)

Regional Transition Navigator Services (RTNS) is an initiative at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities to support struggling youth between the ages of 14 and 25. The RTNS team works directly with at-risk youth and young adults to address their needs as they move toward independence. This can include assistance with challenges such as housing, employment, mental health and/or recovery services, academic support, food insecurity and more. The eligibility requirements include, they must be 14 to 25 years of age, must live in the state of West Virginia, and must be facing, or have a history of, Severe Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and/or fear of becoming homeless. Their services are free, and referrals can be made through the RTNS website. This info session will provide more details about the program and how to refer for services.

PRESENTER: Rebekah M. Gleaner


FREE TRAINING - January 25th, 2023,  10am-11am (ZOOM)

Trainer - John Barton, IDN Board Member, Director, WV Autism

DESCRIPTION: Autism is the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world. In the US, one in every 44 children is diagnosed with Autism. This workshop will focus on explaining autism in everyday language and dispelling common myths about autism including causes, characteristics and impact. Participants will also learn about treatment options, resources, and best practices in behavior management and positive learning supports. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Staff and volunteers who serve youth, parents, grandparents, caregivers, school staff, and others… if you’re struggling to understand how to best support YOUTH WITH AUTISM, this training is for YOU!!!

This training initiative is made possible by a grant through The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Free training and community info sessions will be offered to youth-serving organizations Clay, Putnam and Kanawha County, including school staff, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Camp Appaoy Schouts, Camp Appa Daycare and Afterschool Programs, Mission WV, Education Elevators, YMCA Clubs, youth ministies, and more.

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