My CHI. My Future. Webinars

We recognize that engaging youth in this new way requires a new way of working for many of you. As such, we will be hosting workshops providing technical and pedagogical supports and best practices to support organizations in engaging in remote models of serving youth.

Effective Strategies For Virtual Facilitation and Engagement

MHA Labs invites you to come explore how to keep youth at the center of your program during remote engagement this summer.

Leslie Beller, Director of MHA Labs, with Steven Rosado, Consultant at Praxis Institute Chicago and Terrence Pruitt, Founder at Project Restore, will facilitate a conversation and share resources to help organizations think through strategies in preparation for programs this summer.

June 10, 2020
12pm - 12:45pm CST

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Past Webinars

MAY 15, 2020

Staying Core to Our Mission: Following Project Exploration from Process to Product.

Check back soon for the recording of Project Exploration's webinar

MAY 8, 2020

Staying Core to Our Mission: How Project Exploration Shifted and Remained Equity-Focused

Project Exploration’s Deputy Director Kelli Beyer Patel and Executive Director Natasha Smith-Walker share how they focused on organizational shifts in light of COVID-19. They discuss how strategic programmatic changes can lead to successful remote engagement of youth and families. Hear how the team centered their mission and continue to build digital tools that will be valuable beyond our society’s current circumstances.

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MAY 1, 2020

Supporting Chicago's Community Based Organizations

On Friday May 1st, youth-service organizations, representing communities across Chicago, convened virtually as part of the “My CHI. My Future.” initiative to share the new and creative ways they are virtually programming for and with youth and creating and sustaining community and togetherness, even though we are physically apart. Organizations are also eager to share, collaborate with, and learn from one another about how they have pivoted, organizationally and programmatically, to remote engagement of youth. MCMF is creating opportunities to curate and elevate this work. Look out for upcoming learning, sharing, and networking opportunities for MCMF organizations. Check out this video from the May 1st convening for what’s to come!

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Previous Webinars

JUNE 10, 2020

Effective Strategies for Virtual Engagement

On June 10, 2020 Leslie Beller, Director of MHA Labs, along with Steven Rosado, Consultant at Praxis Institute Chicago and Terrence Pruitt, Founder at Project Restore, facilitated a conversation and shared resources to help organizations think through:

Engagement:
Approaches to keep virtual sessions interactive, interesting and meaningful;
Group Management: Frameworks to cultivate safe, respectful, and collaborative digital communities;
Clarity: Templates to translate communications and instructions to youth for remote engagement and instruction;
Ownership: How to engage and incorporate youth ideas & inputs.

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JUNE 5, 2020

ACT Now: Digging Into The Design of Virtual Engagement

Afterschool for Children and Teens (ACT) Now Illinois serves out-of-school organizations across the state, and is part of a nationwide network across all 50 states. They have years of experience designing virtual engagement for groups ranging from 2 to 200 people. In this webinar, Susan Stanton and Emma Spencer provide an in-depth walkthrough of topics including 1) intentionally choosing platforms based on purpose and key features, 2) engaging audiences with graphics, and 3) gathering analytics and engagement information from your virtual events, and they respond to questions from the community of providers who attended.

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MAY 20, 2020

ACT Now Illinois: Cultivating Resources in Support of Afterschool Programming

In this recorded interview, ACT Now Illinois’ Network Lead Susan Stanton and Youth Development Associate Emma Spencer describe their organization’s mission and walk through the wealth of free resources available on their website — including a range of supports for afterschool programming and resources developed to support partner organizations through COVID-19 specifically. Listen in to hear more about these resources and upcoming directions!

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MAY 15, 2020

Staying Core to Our Mission: Following Project Exploration from Process to Product.

On May 15, 2020, members of the Project Exploration team shared concrete ways they have pivoted their STEM programming, including the creation of their STEM@Home initiative and their STEM@Home Kits with other Chicago community-based organizers. Connect with Project Exploration by email or visit: www.projectexploration.org/coffee

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MAY 8, 2020

Staying Core to Our Mission: How Project Exploration Shifted and Remained Equity-Focused

Project Exploration’s Deputy Director Kelli Beyer Patel and Executive Director Natasha Smith-Walker share how they focused on organizational shifts in light of COVID-19. They discuss how strategic programmatic changes can lead to successful remote engagement of youth and families. Hear how the team centered their mission and continue to build digital tools that will be valuable beyond our society’s current circumstances.

View recording
MAY 1, 2020

Supporting Chicago's Community Based Organizations

On Friday May 1st, youth-service organizations, representing communities across Chicago, convened virtually as part of the “My CHI. My Future.” initiative to share the new and creative ways they are virtually programming for and with youth and creating and sustaining community and togetherness, even though we are physically apart. Organizations are also eager to share, collaborate with, and learn from one another about how they have pivoted, organizationally and programmatically, to remote engagement of youth. MCMF is creating opportunities to curate and elevate this work. Look out for upcoming learning, sharing, and networking opportunities for MCMF organizations. Check out this video from the May 1st convening for what’s to come!

View recording