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Aids Action Committee
Simona G. Lang,
Massachusetts Promise Fellow
Youth Communication Coordinator
Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts
75 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02119
(Simona runs sex education courses for youth programs! Would be a great resource for kids/mentors alike!)



Child Abuse/Mandated Reporter Training
Paul Espina
.5-1 hour
(This training is for mentors. This is a good supplement to DREAM's boundaries and guidelines- especially if the need seems likely in your program.)

Child Management Training
Paul Espina
~1 hour
Pens, Chart paper/blackboard, index cards
(This training is for mentors. The training can be general or focused on individual, group or "five percenter" child management. Many other staff members and mentors can facilitate this training)

Steve Addison
4 Hours
Fee required based on number of participants and materials
(CPR training for a young adult. Learn about safety, proper CPR techniques, and get red cross certified)

Core Values
Alex Howe or Rosetta Morse
gro.margorpmaerd|xela#gro.margorpmaerd|xela, gro.margorpmaerd|attesor#gro.margorpmaerd|attesor
20-40 minutes depending on needs
(This is a fun activity that gets everyone moving around and laughing, learning/reviewing core values, discussing how they come into play in your DREAM program, and how to make sure they are not being overlooked. Any other staff members or mentors can facilitate this as well.)


Developing and Maintaining Relationships with local businesses and other resources
Jon Harris, Sandy Mervak, and Josh Warren
1-2 hours
Trying to establish connections with businesses near your program? High Adventure? We're talking about training you to access things like discounted food and fun. We'll train you how to build two-way relationships that benefit your program and make community businesses excited to be part of DREAM!


Energy/Team Building
Any 2-3 office members
An open space
(Mostly for outside organizations. DREAM helps spread contagious energy and community to others. This is a good way to "give back" to a helpful organization. Mentors can also facilitate this)


First Aid
Steve Addison
4 hours
Fee required based on number of participants and materials
(Become red cross first aid certified. Learn how to clean a puncture, treat for shock, recognize a life threatening injury, and treat an individual)


Grant Writing
Mike Loner
One Hour
Pens, Paper, a sample grant that you may want to make a proposal for
(Looking to get cash from a foundation, local bank, or the government? This workshop will cover the basics of grant writing including how to research grants, find one that fits with your mission and goals, start an effective proposal, and use proven DREAM language to make a clear ask to an organization that may not know DREAM.)


High Adventure
Jenna Mawhinney, Paul Espina
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1+ hours
Markers, big paper
(Lay the foundation for an experience of a lifetime. Discuss how to engage your DREAM program, the kids, and community, how to make a budget and fund-raise, and how to otherwise plan for an adventure that will blow your mind!)

History of DREAM
Pick an office member
15 min to 1 hour
(How did DREAM start, develop and where is it heading?)





Leave No Trace (LNT) Skills: 7 Principles & BEYOND!
Jenni Spicer
1.5 hours
(DREAM staff, mentors & older kids can access the knowledge and concepts of Leave No Trace. These can easily be taught both before and during outdoor adventures AND shared with kids of all ages. Learning the value of our reviving natural areas and methods to preserve them for future generations are essential for not just outdoor high adventure but any recreation outdoors, even in your neighborhood park.)


Effective Mentor Meetings
Chad Butt
A workshop/discussion with co-chairs about how to make mentor meetings more effective.

Mentoring for Social Change
Josh Warren
1 hour
No Materials Needed
(This workshop is for mentors. What brings you to DREAM each Friday? Do you want to change the world? How can we promote constructive risk taking and individuality among our mentees to help them break away from norms and expectations that teachers, community members, and society has placed on them?)



Open Space Technology (OST)
Liz Haag
1 hour 30 min. - 7 hours (Depends on the group's needs)
Big paper, markers, open minds, and discussion
The goal is to provide a space where our group can discuss and brainstorm freely about what is burning in our brains. Individuals can identify specific issues on a given topic, self-select into discussion groups, and work with the issue with people also interested in that topic. An excellent exercise for addressing difficult or controversial topics, brainstorming, visioning, etc…!


Parody Writing Workshop
Josh Warren
One Hour
Pens, paper, and lyrics to pop-culture songs
(Writing a parody is a great way to send a message and make sure it is heard. This workshop is geared towards mentors and it will give participants the skills, practice and confidence necessary to write parodies of their own!)

Picture Pieces Teamwork Workshop
Liz Haag
One Hour
Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, rulers, large colored image x2, one intact (one cut up), debrief questions
(Feeling like your group is acting more as individuals than as a team? This is a great activity to exhibit the importance of communication and expectations for a project, but also to see the bigger picture and how incorporating creativity and diversity in a group can result in a 'SLAMMIN final product!)

Poverty Literacy
Mike Loner
two hours
Pens, notebook, an open mind
(This is an overview of the work and research that has been conducted on the challenges and pressures families who live in poverty face and how it impacts their day-to-day decisions and long-term goals for their children.)




S'more Justice
Josh Warren
Campfire or Oven, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Fair Trade Chocolate
(Do you like S'Mores? Do you like Slavery? If you answered yes to the first and no to the second ask yourself, 'what's in that ooey, gooey snack?')


Awkward Teens or Teens, Why They Act Like They Do
Sophie Godley
Director of Undergraduate Education, Boston University School of Public Health
Email: ude.ub|yeldogs#ude.ub|yeldogs
Twitter: sophiesalibi
Tel: (617) 638-5296
(Sophie is amazing. The above title, is by no means the name of her workshop, but she is the AUTHORITY on Teen Psych/Adolescent Development. She provided a workshop to a group at a MassHousing event in the Summer of 2011, and was amazing. She's also had a few B.U. DREAMers in class. Ashwini (Ashu) Kerkar was one of them. Sophie was contacted in 2011 by Joshua Warren, RDD, and she said she'd be happy to meet with DREAMers for a workshop.)

Teen DREAM- How to Create Epic Programming for Teens
Jenna Mawhinney
One Hour
Markers, big paper, imagination, open minds.
(Do your teens look bored, uninspired or irritable during DREAM? This workshop is designed to shake the cobwebs out of your teen DREAM Fridays, get to the root of any challenges that you might be facing, and create stellar programming that will make you and your teens smile.)

True Colors
Liz Haag
1 hour 30 min.
True colors packet, " cards, " ranking sheet, big paper, markers, pens
TRUE COLORS is a metaphor and an exercise that is supposed to be both fun and informative. It's a great exercise to do in a group to explore not only what some of your personality traits are in a group, but also how you react to conflicting traits of others. Through the process of ‘discovering your true colors’, hopefully you will gain an awareness about yourself and the strengths you bring to different types of situation. Each person is a unique blend of the four colors. We are each a spectrum of Colors. There are no “good” or “bad” colors. If we try, we can improve the ability to use each of our four COLORS when and where necessary. We always have the option to use a behavior more appropriate to the situation. COLOR spectrum does not explain everything in our behavior, although it is a powerful tool. Other factors also affect our personalities and our behaviors: cultural and family values, motivation, age, sex, birth order, family systems. This exercise should hopefully be fun, but with any exercise that asks you to examine yourself and your attributes, it may be a little harder of an experience for some folks.








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