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Youth development series offered in Fairbanks


The Alaska 4-H program will host a three-part brown bag professional development series on positive youth development Fridays in Fairbanks, beginning July 14.

Ninety-minute workshops will begin at 11:30 a.m. They will feature trauma-sensitive yoga on July 14, youth-adult partnerships on July 21, and girls’ circle and council for boys and young men on July 28.

Organizers are calling the series the “PBJ of PYD,” or the peanut butter and jelly of positive youth development. 4-H agent Candi Dierenfield said the title conveys that the right combination of ingredients is what makes a great sandwich and a great youth development program. "Positive youth development has the ingredients to bring change," she said. The series is geared to adult mentors, foster parents, volunteers, teachers, parents and youth development professionals.

The series fee is $30, and the registration deadline is Thursday, July 13.  Registration and more details are available online at http://bit.ly/PBJofPYD. Dierenfield and 4-H agent Kendra Calhoun will teach the classes at the district Extension office in the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building at 724 27th Ave. For more information, contact Dierenfield at cldierenfield@alaska.edu or Calhoun at klcalhoun@alaska.edu. 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.


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