Learn the proven practices, activities and approaches to engage and support youth through the challenges and opportunities when working in groups


When: November 14 – 15 , 2017  [9 am – 4 pm]
Where: Captain William Spry Community Centre, Spryfield NS

Have you ever wondered how to maximize positive outcomes for youth in groups?

Games, initiatives, and activities are excellent ways to actively engage youth in positive group experiences. This two-day workshop will build a deeper understanding of effectively moving groups through the stages of group development by facilitating fun, active and appropriate games and initiatives. Together, we’ll explore group development theory and provide concrete activities that are exciting, active and challenging for young people.

Participants will experience activities first-hand and be provided with the strategies and knowledge of when and how to use them. We will address how to consider the many issues youth face including physical, mental and emotional challenges.

“The training helped me to reflect on all aspects of how a youth finds their place in their experience of being part of a group. The program balanced practical activities that you can run with youth, with deeper understandings and theory behind group dynamics.” – 2016 Participant

This training is for folks who want tools to help navigate:

  • beginnings, nervousness and awkwardness  – when youth are coming together for the first time and meeting one another
  • team building and team challenges
  • groups of youth who are in conflict and working through tension

Topics covered will include:

  • Stages of Group Development
  • HeartWood’s Circle of Awesomeness (or Framework for Community Youth Development)
  • Games & Team Building Initiatives
  • Safety and Healthy Risk Taking
  • Engaging Physical Activities for All Youth
  • Preventing Disengagement

“The training helped me develop new skills and provided me with new ideas on what the right thing to do in certain situations is. There were excellent ice-breaker activities that would be great to do with the youth.” – 2016 Participant

Program Fee: $200 includes lunch
There are a limited number of spaces available for a reduced/subsidized rate. Please indicate in your registration if you would like to be considered for one of these spaces, no justification for your request for financial support will be required.

Register NOW! (click here)
Accepting registrations until November 13th!*
Contact louise@heartwood.ns.ca / (902) 444-5885 for more information

This is a joint initiative of the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, The Tatamagouche Centre and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

*This program runs contingent on a reaching a minimum number of participants to cover program costs. Should we receive insufficient registrations, we will notify and refund participants at least one week in advance of the program start date. –> UPDATE: This program is confirmed and going forward.