Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.
What’s the A-L-E Method?
Ask-Listen-Encourage (A-L-E) is a method for carrying out positive, purposeful interactions with young people. The method includes practices that can both foster positive relationships with youth and support young people in learning new skills. Three guiding principles underlie the strategies: be purposeful, empower youth, and show you care.
a. Understand the concept of positive, purposeful interaction with youth.
b. Learn the characteristics of effective questions.
c. Understand the concept of active listening.
d. Learn the characteristics of effective positive responses to youth and their work.
All Youth Development Practitioners
Sharp Insight’s Founder and Principal, Jana Sharp, is a strategic consultant focused in the areas of evaluation and performance measurement. Since 2002, Jana has supported over 100 clients in the nonprofit, foundation, and public sectors. While initially drawn to the field of evaluation through her work in education and public health, Jana is continually inspired by the challenge of bridging research and practice.
Her deepest sense of professional fulfillment comes from partnering with organizations to uncover how their staff and leadership define “success” and better understand the difference they are making in their communities. Jana earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland. As a former middle school teacher in the New Jersey and Illinois public school systems, Jana carries with her a passion for supporting youth-serving organizations.