Training Opportunities

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Great KIDS offers training on the topics below, as well as other youth related topics, throughout the year.

See our EVENTS page for upcoming dates open to the community.

Contact us today to set up a FREE training for your agency, organization, church, neighborhood association or parent group on one of the following topics:

40 Developmental Assets

Learn about the 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS, as defined by the Search Institute, and ways to build ASSETS in children and adolescents.  ASSETS are the positive building blocks that young people need to grow up to be healthy, caring, responsible adults.  More is better! The more ASSETS young people have, the more likely they are to engage in positive behaviors and less likely to engage in “risky” behaviors.  Learn how to intentionally build ASSETS in kids.

Say Yes to No—Teaching Kids Self-Discipline

Research indicates a strong link between self-discipline and success in life.  But what does self-discipline look like and how do we teach it?  Based on the book “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It,” this class will address setting boundaries and expectations for children and using “NO” to build self-discipline.


Other training opportunities:

Mental Health Training Series

The Mental Health Training Series is a luncheon series held five times per year at the Allen County Public Library as a part of the Mental Health Specialty Track of Allen Superior Court.  The training series, a collaboration between Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES and Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division, is offered free of charge and is funded in part by the Court Improvement Project.  These trainings are open to professionals and volunteers working with children and families involved in the court system.


Youth, Family and Community Development Series

Great KIDS offers trainings throughout the year on a variety of youth related topics.  Registration is open to the community and is usually free.

Annual Conference on Youth

The flagship training for Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES is the Annual Conference on Youth. The Annual Conference on Youth emerged from Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division’s desire to ensure that all agencies working with children and families operated with the same strengths-based philosophy the court espoused.

In 1989, the Court offered its first Annual Conference on Youth on IPFW’s campus. Since then, the Conference has grown to over 800 participants, and is currently held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. This yearly training, sponsored in part by the Foellinger Foundation, brings in top professionals in the field of youth and family services to train area workers on strengths-based practices.