Programs & Services

Professional Training Institute (for youth development workers)

Expert knowledge in reaching our most vulnerable youth.

Each year The Door serves 10,000 young people from all over New York City. The Door is unique because its ability to meet the complex needs of New York City’s disconnected youth. No other organization provides the range of services we do, all in one place, with guaranteed confidentiality.

Now, The Door is making key knowledge gained while serving these youth available to all youth workers. Please be aware that this program is for professional youth service workers. If you are a young person who is looking for employment training, please visit our Jobs & Internships page.

 

Welcome to The Door’s Professional Training Institute

ACTIVITY STAFF SKILL SHARE

Saturday, June 16 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. | $35 per person

Instructors: Maria Monica Andia

This skillshare is intended to provide space for youth workers to share resources and creative ideas for arts and recreational programming. Shake up your practice with innovative activities and games, and share some of your favorites with your peers. This is also a great place to make new connections and expand your network. Perfect for front-line workers. Register now! 

Discounts are available for organizations registering groups of 5 or more. Please contact pti@door.org for more information!

 

ARTS AS A HOOK FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT*

Friday, March 2 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (3 contact hours) | $75 per person

Instructors: Jadrien Ellison and Bailey Huguley, LMSW

Utilizing The Door’s innovative arts program as a model, participants will learn strategies for using arts programs to engage young people in more intensive services and discuss why arts programming can help young people stabilize, connect, and provide therapeutic advantages. Register now!

 

DEFENDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Friday, March 23 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | FREE

Instructors: Eve Stotland, Esq.

The federal administration has recently adopted a series of new policies that put our immigrant communities at increased risk of detention and removal. From the Travel Ban to DACA, come learn the latest on immigration, with a focus on how non-profits can support our immigrant communities during this difficult time. Register now!

 

TEEN PREGNANCY: HOW AND WHY TEENS GET PREGNANT

Friday, April 20 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $75 per person

Instructors: Carolyn Glaser, LCSW-R, and Kristin McDonough

Most professionals who work with youth have encountered scenarios related to pregnancy. This workshop will prepare youth-serving professionals to respond to those situations in a thoughtful and supportive way. To set the groundwork, we will discuss the social determinants and contributing factors to teen pregnancy. We will then provide training on how to effectively respond to young people with pregnancy concerns. This training will focus on practical skills that can be immediately implemented into your work. Also, we will highlight the rights of and resources available to pregnant and parenting teens. Register now!

 

WORKING WITH LGBTQ+ YOUTH

Friday, May 18 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $75 per person

Instructors: Maria Monica Andia

This training will serve to provide space for participants to examine gender in their own lives and the ways that perceptions and assumptions can be harmful to people we interact with. The goals of this training are to better equip educators, youth workers, and other service providers to uplift and support LGBTQ+ young people in various contexts (school, afterschool, community centers). Through providing language, resource sharing, strategies, and tools, participants will take tangible deliverables and action steps to their respective workspaces. Register now!

 

*The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0183.  Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have been approved by the NYSED State Board for Social Work for the indicated contact hours.

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Past workshops have included:

  • Successful High School Equivalency (HSE) Retention Strategies: Based on The Door’s highly successful High School Equivalency program, in this workshop participants will learn strategies for successfully assessing and helping students enter class successfully, developing student ownership and accountability, and leave with a teacher toolbox of classroom management techniques.
  • Effective Clinical Group Work: Mental Health Groups are an effective and lower threshold method for helping young people get connected to mental health services. This workshop will cover several strategies for making any group work as effective as possible including: engagement, setting expectations, group dynamics, retention and more.
  • Amplifying Youth Voices: Building Youth Leadership at Your Agency: Including youth voices and building youth leadership is an important part of any youth development agency. The Door’s peer health education and youth council staff will help participants explore the various levels of youth involvement including formal and informal systems.
  • Promoting College Access for Immigrant Youth: Immigrant and undocumented youth face specific and daunting challenges when it comes to applying for college. In this training, experts from The Door’s legal team and college advising team will walk you through what you need to know to help immigrant youth successfully navigate the confusing world of the college application process while overcoming immigration obstacles.  This will include discussing common forms of immigration relief as well as action steps to make the college application process more accessible to immigrant youth.
  • Arts as a Hook for Youth Development: Utilizing The Door's innovative arts program as a model, participants will learn strategies for using arts programs to engage young people in more intensive services and discuss why arts programming can help young people stabilize and provide more therapeutic advantages.
  • Interviewing Adolescents: The Door's intake and Adolescent Health Center staff will share techniques, strategies, and evidence-based methods for creating safe and comfortable environments in which to interview adolescents and gather comprehensive information from living environment to sexual histories, and other sensitive information. 
  • Working with LGBTQ+ Youth: This training will serve to provide space for participants to examine gender in their own lives and the ways that perceptions and assumptions around gender can be harmful to the people we interact with. The goals of this training are to better equip educators, youth workers, and other service providers to uplift and support LGBTQ+ young people in various contexts (school, afterschool, community centers). Through providing language, resource sharing, strategies and tools, participants will be able to leave with tangible deliverables and action steps to their respective workspaces.