The Alaska Afterschool Network, in partnership with The Resource Basket, offers free, online training through the Supporting Youth Webinar Series.


Webinars are offered quarterly and feature Alaska-based presenters who share their expertise and best-practices for working with and supporting Alaska's youth in strength-based ways. Trainings are presented for adults working or volunteering with youth, unless noted otherwise.

Managing Chronic Health Conditions

Webinar Date: 04/19/19

Presenter: Barbara Pennington RN, State of Alaska

Adult youth workers & volunteers will learn about Chronic Health Conditions, such as asthma, allergies, seizures, and diabetes, and how to care for youth in their care with these conditions. Skills will be taught for creating emergency care plans and policies to ensure youth safety and how to give emergency care.

Understanding Trauma and Promoting Resiliency with Youth

Webinar date: 8/18/16
Presenter: Desiree Compton, Licensed Professional Counselor

Adult youth workers & volunteers will learn about neurobiology and how trauma impacts brain development among youth. Skills will be taught for how to approach youth in trauma, as well as concepts that promote resiliency.

Youth Bullying Prevention

Webinar date: 5/5/16
Presenter: Chelsie Morrison-Heath, Community Educator at STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)

Adult youth workers and volunteers will learn to recognize the characteristics/traits of bullying behaviors among youth. Attendees will also learn positive ways to address these traits and how to promote positive social behaviors.

Increasing Youth Voice and Leadership

Webinar date: 2/4/16
Presenters: Thomas Azzarella, Director of the Alaska Afterschool Network; Julia Smith, Prevention Director of Sitkans Against Family Violence and the Advisor for the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee; Sherri Anderson, Youth Services Specialist for the Nome Eskimo Community and Nome Native Youth Leadership Organization.


Understand the value of incorporating youth voice in your youth programming/activities and decision making, and learn the levels of youth voice and input. Hear examples from two Alaska youth groups providing youth voice opportunities. Adults supporting youth in decision making allows for growing leadership skills.

Strengthening Families

Webinar date: 11/19/15
Presenters: Shirley Pittz (Strengthening Families Project)

Go through the five Protective Factors of the Strengthening Families approach, as well as local examples of implementation by Alaskan communities. Research supports the notion that when Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Protective Factors also promote and build family strengths for optimal child and youth development.  To watch this webinar, first go to this recording (~12 minutes) before going to the main portion here (~45 minutes).

Connecting Generations through Culture

Webinar date: 8/13/15
Presenters: Ella Tonuchuk (Leadership Development Coordinator) and Dewey Hoffman (Leadership Development Director), First Alaskans Institute; Wilma Bell-Joe (AmeriCorps BIRCH Member and Native Survivors Youth Group adviser); and Jake Bell (Health Specialist, Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Youth Program)


Explore how communities and programs intentionally or naturally allow for generations to interact and learn from one another. Presenters share the importance of how interacting and creating strong connections across generations can lead to increased well-being and resiliency for youth, adults and elders.

Communicating with Youth: A Strengths Based Approach

Webinar date: 5/7/15
Presenters: Chrystle Tebo, Program and Resource Coordinator of Boys and Girls Clubs, Alaska; and Thomas Azzarella, Director of Alaska Afterschool Network

This recorded training focuses on strategies to feel empowered in your interactions with youth – to be proactive vs. reactive, learning what to do when these strategies don’t work the first time and that persistence pays off, and how positive recognition supports youth development.