Professional Development

Family League provides coaching and professional development focusing on a wide range of topics that move our partners and the community as a whole closer to realizing the vision of a Baltimore where children, youth and families have the opportunity to thrive. Participants in our workshops represent the diverse population of the City of Baltimore and the various needs of its residents.  We deliver the most current research and best practices to support well-designed, high-impact programs and activities.

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year. All are free of charge to participants and open to anyone who wishes to attend. A brief list of upcoming trainings are listed below. To view the complete listing and register for our workshops, visit our Professional Development Calendar.

Monday March 15th | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuesday, April 20th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Monday, May 17th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

This workshop provides an overview of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. The workshop will offer key definitions, a discussion of the levels of accountability, a breakdown of performance measures by type, and an overview of turn the curve thinking. The training will offer guidance to attendees on how to quickly get from talk to action so that programs can better tell the story of their work and begin to figure out if anyone is better off. Participants will experience a mix of lectures, group activities, and individual practice throughout the session.

*Your GoToTraining link will be emailed 1 day before this workshop. This link will give you access to sign in for your class 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Start Time.

From Boys to Men: What You Need to Know About the Development About Adolescent Black Boys
April 9, 2021, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In Fouquier’s (2009) study of 18 African American women across three generations mothers expressed concern in raising sons and identified the experience as different than raising daughters. In support, Black middle-class mothers in Dow’s (2016) study revealed that mothers were particularly concerned with preventing their sons from being perceived as thugs or criminals. One participant recalls a conversation with her son wherein she was trying to protect him from unnecessary stress and trauma by discouraging him from wearing a hoodie. In other words, while maleness has some connection with privilege, Dow’s research demonstrates how racialized maleness can actually be a ‘symbolic liability’. Drawing on the knowledge and years of research of Black child psychologists such as Jawanza Kunjufu and Amos Wilson, this workshop provides participants with evidence-based tools and proven methods for the successful development of Black adolescent males.

This workshop is perfect for you if: 

  • You work with adolescent Black men
  • You are a non-profit professional who provides services to Black youth
  • You are interested in developing more culturally responsive programming

Yes, And – Using the fun of Improv to Build Community
April 21, 2021, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Improv comedy is a form of live theater where everything – characters, story, plot, setting, etc – is created in the moment. The building blocks of improv, listening, accepting, contributing and immediacy are not only useful for the stage, they are also great tools to exercise for collaboration and community building. In this applied improv workshop, participants will be guided through improv warm ups and games while building their collaboration skills.

Why Aren’t They Participating?
May 6, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

There are myriad factors that influence “youth engagement” including but not limited to cultural norms, emotional state, bias, racism, and others. The ways in which we traditionally examine youth engagement are ineffective and lead to added stress for education professionals, youth and their families. This workshop affords the opportunity for participants to examine their own lenses to identify the ways in which it may negatively impact youth behavior. The workshop also explores the many factors that youth experience that may show up as disengagement, as well as effective practices for addressing those factors in a safe, supportive, and culturally sensitive manner.