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The Virtual Antidote: A Practical Approach for Youth Mental Health During the Pandemic

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2:15 pm ET /  1:15 pm CT / 11:15 am PT

Becoming effective in engagement online is not only crucial for agencies who serve both youth and adults; it’s imperative. Before COVID, Youth Era spent over a decade learning how to engage in online spaces with distance learning and maximizing social media. This expertise drove the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford to partner with Youth Era on creating a transformational five-day virtual event called UpLift. Initial research showed that UpLift made a tremendous impact on the youth who attended.

Join this free, 60-minute webinar where we will discuss how to:

  • create an immersive virtual environment that maximizes audience attention through online engagement strategies leading to life-transforming experiences

  • take your in-person training to a virtual platform, without losing the effectiveness or outcomes and, in many cases, gaining better results virtually than what was possible in person

  • master the modern rapport-building hacks that Youth Era and industry leaders are using to create “digital sacred grounds”, with practical approaches and tools

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Meet the Presenters:

Martin Rafferty is a CEO, international speaker, and youth engagement strategist. He has been called a next-generation advocate by Huffington Post author and President of the Children’s Mental Health Network, Scott Comstock. His life story was celebrated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which highlighted Rafferty as one of eight global changemakers. Perhaps one of his most successful achievements includes the creation of a peer-to-peer course provided to high schoolers from four different countries as a joint research project with the University of Oxford.

Martin is the founder and CEO of Youth Era, an international and highly celebrated nonprofit that is revolutionizing current thinking about how we view youth engagement. For more than a decade, Youth Era has served hundreds of thousands of young people through their drop-in centers, online peer-to-peer support services, and postvention for crises, including responding to school-shootings.

Tia Barnes is the Chief Program Officer at Youth Era where she oversees the organization’s international direct services, program development, and national technical assistance. She was a key designer of the Youth Era Drop Model, a co-creator of Youth Peer Support Specialist certifications across the nation, and has provided training to agencies to increase youth voice within their programs. Most recently, she was a lead designer of an international cultural responsiveness training for youth and young adults. Barnes was one of the authors to create UpLift, an international peer-to-peer course provided to high schoolers from four different countries as a joint research project with the University of Oxford. In addition to her extensive experience, among other honors, Tia received an Award of Excellence in the Field of Youth Peer Support in 2015.

This webinar will not provide CEUs, however a certificate of attendance is available upon request. The recording and a copy of the materials will be available for download within 5 business days

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