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Youth Series: Positive Youth Development 101

10/11/2019 - 9:00am
All Chicago, 651 W Washington, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60661

When: Friday, October 11, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

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Fee: FREE to attend. 6 CEUs are available for a cost. $60.00 for CoC Members; $90.00 for Non-CoC Members. If interested in receiving CEUs for this training, please email Torelen at for payment and details.

Where: All Chicago, 651 W. Washington, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60661

Training Goals:

• Learn about the history of Positive Youth Development
• Understand the research and theory behind Positive Youth Development
• Define and explore principles and concepts of Positive Youth Development
• Explore practical application of Positive Youth Development


Dr. Ozella Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and state certified Domestic Violence Professional, her specialty is working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma, violence, pain or loss in their home or community. She is passionate about helping people heal from the inside out, and am exceptionally skilled at establishing trust and positive client rapport. She practices within the framework of cultural competence and humility. With over 24 years of clinical experience, she has gained the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, marginalization and sexual trauma. She is able to diffuse stressful situations quickly with my clients, as well as larger crisis management situations. In addition to her clinical experience, she is also a civil rights advocate for marginalized populations, including the elderly and LGBTQ. She has a solid educational foundation and a passion for working with people who have experienced out of home care (i.e. residential and group homes, emergency shelters and crisis care), as well as those in underserved and impoverished communities.

Bonn Wade (*Bonn uses gender-neutral pronouns they/their/them.) is a clinical consultant, trainer, and psychotherapist in Chicago, Illinois. They* have 24 years’ experience in social services providing, designing and directing housing and life affirming supportive services for people experiencing situations of poverty and homelessness. In 1995, they started their career at the City of Miami’s Commission on the Status of Women and Programs for Persons with Disabilities. They moved to Chicago in 1996, and began working in local agencies providing housing services. They helped to co-found and direct the TransLife Center, the LGBTQ Host Home Program and provided strategic leadership and service at Teen Living Programs. In addition to direct service, Bonn served as an appointee on Cyndi Lauper’s Forty To None Project advisory board in New York City, and sits on several boards in Chicago. Bonn’s work is defined by a commitment to social justice and to the freedom for young people in high-risk situations such as poverty and homelessness to live their truth and build their best lives. Attendees who enroll in a training led by Bonn will experience a visionary leader with a depth of practical knowledge delivering creative, resourceful solutions that improve agency culture, systems of care, and successful outcomes for clients at the individual and structural levels. Bonn holds a master’s degree from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. They are a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois and work from their private practice on the far South Side of Chicago in the Beverly / Morgan Park neighborhood.

Description: This Positive Youth Development training provides participants the opportunity to ground themselves within the history and theory that have led to positive youth development. Core principles and concepts of youth development as a model to create organizational and community change is offered in contrast to a traditional youth services model. Participants have the opportunity to explore practical applications of the model through small group work. This training is geared to support direct line staff/case managers who work with youth experiencing homelessness. This training will introduce PYD to professionals who have minimal familiarity regarding the topic.