RVA Youth Development Network

The RVA Youth Development Network (YDN) brings together people who are working in the Out-of-School Time, youth development and education fields for networking, relationship building and shared learning. The network is a collaborative effort of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, NextUp RVA, YMCA of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and the Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU.

RVA Youth Development Network Planning Team

  • Frank Cardella, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
  • Barbara Couto-Sipe, NextUp RVA
  • Betsy Peters, YMCA of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
  • Tina Carter, Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU

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The group meets quarterly, typically on the first or second Wednesday of the designated months, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

The next meeting—Spring 2020—is Wednesday, March 4, and the topic of conversation will be ways to connect SEL behaviors and best practices between the school day and Out-of-School Time programs featuring Larryelle Phillips from Sanford Harmony of National University.

Series Recap:

This year, the meetings have been organized around a central theme of Social-Emotional Learning, with the specific focus changing from one meeting to the next.

The 2019-2020 YDN rotation includes:

Fall 2019 (September 4, 2019): Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

Charles Johnson is the Program Manager for Richmond YPQI at the Mary and Frances Youth Center in the Department of Community Engagement at VCU. Johnson brings over 10 years of non-profit experience, including work in juvenile justice, public health and experiential education. He holds a Master of Arts in Educational Ministry from Covenant Seminary and is a trainer around Trauma Informed Care issues.

Join us in September to kick off the 2019-20 school year with a preview of the new Social Emotional Learning Methods series in development by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. As a co-convener of the RVA Youth Development Network, Richmond YPQI was selected by the Forum for Youth Investment to participate in the alpha testing phase of the Weikart Center’s highly anticipated SEL Methods, a parallel track to their established Youth Work Methods trainings that many YDN members have experienced as part of YPQI professional development cohorts. Come get a first look before these trainings officially roll out in 2020!

Winter 2019 (December 4, 2019): The Impact of Adult SEL Competencies on Youth Programs

Cancelled due to a schedule conflict with the program presenter.

Spring 2020 (March 4, 2020): Aligning Our Efforts – Moving SEL Fluidly between the School Day and Out-of-School Time

Larryelle Phillips is a Regional Ambassador for National University’s Sanford Programs. In this role, she develops relationships within school districts and community organizations to encourage adoption of the Harmony SEL Program. Ms. Phillips has presented, trained, and exhibited for a number of local and state organizations in the Southeast Region, including Henrico County and New Kent County Public Schools within our footprint. Prior to working with National University, Ms. Phillips was a consultant with Baltimore City Public Schools through a federal CEIS (Coordinating Early Intervening Services) grant where she provided support in the areas of Restorative Practices, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) and 504 Plan implementation. Additionally, Larryelle has 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in Missouri and Maryland.

Sanford Harmony is a no-cost social emotional learning (SEL) program for PreK-6th grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom. Sanford Harmony is a CASEL SELect program, aligned to the five core competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)–the nation’s top evaluator of evidence- based SEL programs. NU’s brand-new Online Learning Portal provides one-click navigation to the entire Sanford Harmony curriculum, including all classroom activities, on-demand training videos, SEL stories, role-playing games, and sing-along songs. There is also access to Sanford Inspire which provides professional development modules for adults seeking to enhance their knowledge of SEL. This presentation includes information, demonstration, and application of quick relationship building strategies to implement in your school, district and/or organization.

Summer 2020 (June 3, 2020): Maintaining Mindfulness – Self-Care and Mental Health for Youth Program Staff