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Community Trainings

In addition to our youth trainings, The Mockingbird Society offers an array of trainings for our community partners, including non-profits, service providers, government staff and private companies. Facilitated by our young people, these trainings are designed to educate, build empathy and inspire action.

The Culture of Foster Care: A two-hour experiential training that provides participants a glimpse of what it is like to be raised in the foster care system. Facilitated by foster youth and alumni of care, this training has enlightened a variety of audiences, including social workers, foster parents, and other service providers. We believe that this training can help any organization, company, or group better understand the realities of foster care. Attendees leave the training with deeper empathy for youth in care and strategies for how to help improve the system.

Stories of Youth Homelessness: A two-hour, interactive, youth-led training that answers the questions, "Why do young people become homeless?" "How do youth survive the experience and find their way to safe, stable housing and independence?" "How can you help make youth and young adult homelessness a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence?" All trainings are facilitated by young people who have experienced homelessness first-hand and are customized to meet the specific needs of each audience.

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Transitions for child welfare professionals: A one-hour version of the Transitions training for youth tailored for child welfare professionals. The curriculum summarizes the themes presented in the youth training. Professionals walk away with a handbook full of suggestions for how to use the framework with their young adult clients right away. Youth trainings are typically offered following the trainings for providers so that providers who have a basic grasp of the concepts can recommend the youth training to clients for whom they think the content will be especially relevant.