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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
'Skills for Adults' Workshop Scheduled for April 3 and 4
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: March 13, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - Adults interested in learning how to engage teens in community activities and motivate other adults can attend a two day program titled April 3 and 4 at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Eau Claire.

"Skills for Adults: Engaging Teens in Your Community Effort" will be held Thursday, April 3. The program is designed for volunteers or staff who work, or wish to work, with teens in community leadership and service roles, such as alliances, councils, peer programs, coalitions, partnerships, and community-based programs of all kinds. Workshop participants will improve their personal and professional ability to successfully engage teens in meaningful community roles, gain insight into the opinions and perspectives that many adults have on their interactions with teens, and learn the difference and similarities involved in working with different teens.

"Skills for Adults: Motivating Other Adults to Involve Teens," will be offered Friday, April 4. This workshop is for people who are experienced at engaging teens in meaningful community roles, and who work, or wish to work, to increase the numbers of adults who will actively do the same. Participants will assess the opportunities and barriers which affect many adults' motivation to engage teens as community resources, learn about the forces of motivation and resistance, and explore the creative techniques for communicating the value of teens as important community resources.

The workshops are sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/UW Extension, the Alliance for a Drug Free Wisconsin-Department of Health and Family Services, and the Wisconsin Regional Teen Institute. The sessions will be conducted through a combination of experiential activities, small and large group discussion, review of print material and role-playing.

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Presenters include Susan Allen, director of Wisconsin Positive Youth Development Initiative Inc., and Seth Gurgel, a senior at Lake Edge Lutheran School in Lake Mills. Allen has assisted many youth, adults and communities in taking active leadership roles in a variety of health and human issues. An enthusiastic presenter, she focuses on fostering the potential of youth and adults to work side-by-side on community projects. Gurgel has been a community leader for more than four years alongside adults and other teens through the Lake Mills Positive Community Action Corps. He speaks from his own experiences about how adults and teens can work well together, and what has worked to create positive results in Lake Mills.

The cost for the April 3 workshop is $65. The April 4 workshop is $75. Participants wishing to attend both days will be charged $130. The fee covers instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch. Space is limited and registration deadline is March 26.

For more information or to obtain a brochure about the program, call the College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education at (715) 836-2031.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 26, 1997