Virtual Youth Engagement
Leading Great Virtual Activities
Given the quick transition the youth services field made to delivering activities online, there is much to learn about how to maximize virtual programming and supports for youth and families. In this session, we will share tips for engaging with youth in remote program settings; accessibility considerations to ensure all kids can participate, and policies to consider when offering enrichment and afterschool programs.
- Describe essential aspects of intentional and engaging virtual programming
- Explain strategies for enhancing accessibility and inclusivity within virtual activities
- Demonstrate the use of various facilitation and modification practices to maximize participant engagement
OCFS Training Topic(s) Covered: (1) Principles of Childhood Development; (3) Child Care Program Development
This course reflects the regulations of the State of New York.
This course will take approximately one (1) hour to complete.
Ali Wittenberg has always had a passion for helping others and enhancing communities. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, she served as a teacher and enrichment specialist in Westchester, New York. Her interest in youth development and desire to learn more about the non-profit space led her to the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey. As the Director of Member Services, Ali spent eight years connecting with individuals and organizations in camping and youth development. She devoted resources to assessing community needs as well as growing and diversifying the membership. During her time at ACA, NY & NJ, Ali developed a robust training and consulting program, with an emphasis on programming, staff culture, and operations. Focusing on experiential learning and engaging curriculum, she designed and facilitated workshops for countless youth-serving organizations. Delivering customized sessions for numerous clients and presenting at professional conferences allowed Ali to collaborate with thousands of youth development professionals annually.
Utilizing her background as an educator, facilitator, and consultant, Ali offers a unique perspective while providing meaningful support to programs. She has received certifications in Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mental Health First Aid, as part of her commitment to expanding her knowledge of social and emotional learning. She enjoys developing tools to help organizations enhance the positive impact on the audiences they serve. In addition to her professional role, Ali volunteers for a number of organizations throughout New York City, allowing her to channel her enthusiasm for relationship building and the summer camp experience.
StartVirtual Speaking: Tips and Considerations
StartPreparing for Virtual Facilitation (5:00)
StartReflection: Preparing to Lead Virtual Activities
StartCulturally Responsive Practices (4:02)
StartVirtual Learning Activities (1:41)
StartActivity: Word Within a Word
StartReflection: Transition Activities