Anchorage Youth Development Coalition

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“I have seen a difference for myself and my kids for the positive.”

Second Order Change


Research shows that youth environments, relationships and experiences impact short and long term outcomes—from health, to civic engagement, to economic self-sufficiency.


Second Order Change is an initiative to support transformation in each of these areas – in both individual staff capacity, and organizational health and culture, to maximize our ability to achieve positive outcomes for youth.



The Learning Experience

The Second Order Change cohorts are a leadership development series and a professional learning community. They support staff at all levels in youth serving organizations to build social and emotional intelligence – responsible for over 50% of effectiveness in all professions, and critical for supporting youth development. The series takes place over the course of eight months, providing the opportunity to build relationships with cohort members, explore a new approach between sessions, and integrate learning through reflection at each cohort session.  We use CASEL’s social and emotional learning competency framework shown at left to support staff development in each of five Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) domains. Each session in the series sparks personal reflection and peer learning through exploration of a critical topic in youth development (examples include: trauma informed practice, cultural responsiveness, effective communication). Participants will complete an SEL skills self-assessment as part of this process. The executive and practitioner cohorts will be brought together at key points during the experience to support impact at the organizational level.

“Very beneficial for staff… Exposure to guided reflection is such a luxury in our busy work lives–and greater understanding of social emotional learning is so important in our workplace.”  

Benefits of participating

Be part of a growing network of Anchorage youth organization professionals working to provide environments, relationships and experiences that help youth thrive now and in the future. You and your staff will have access to:

  • High quality professional development in leading practices based on research in the fields of youth development and social-emotional learning (SEL).
  • A supportive environment to energize, rejuvenate, and learn through reflective practice and peer support.
  • A cohort of peers to forge meaningful new, collaborative relationships.
  • Become familiar with SEL practices that support lifelong SEL skill development as adults to incorporate in supporting staff and youth within your organization.
  • 8 sessions, scheduled monthly to provide participants time to incorporate new perspectives and approaches into their work

Participation requirements:

  • Youth served: Must serve youth in Anchorage, with emphasis on supporting Alaska Native and American Indian youth
  • Participants: Commit 2 frontline and/or management staff to participate in the Practitioner Cohort, AND one senior leadership staff member to participate in the Executive Cohort (see cohort information section for more information). Small organizations may have fewer staff participate, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Attendance: Attend monthly sessions consistently for the duration of the learning series (September 2017-April 2018). We are investing in your staff development so attendance in this competitive process is critical.  Participants will also check in with peers in the cohorts once during the month between sessions.
  • Nominal Fee: Grant funding makes it possible for us to offer this professional development opportunity at only a modest cost to participants. A $150 fee per participant due by July 15, 2017.  Note: Fee is waived for current AYDC contributing member organizations.
“I feel I am more confident and capable in my position at work.”


  • One 3-hour session each month, Sept 2017-April 2018.
  • 10am-1pm during the second Tuesday of each month EXCEPT we will meet the first Tuesday in March to avoid the ASD Spring Break.
  • Light lunch provided.


  • Practitioner Cohort will meet at Camp Fire Alaska Wells Fargo room, 161 Klevin Street, Anchorage.
  • Executive Cohort will meet at Anchorage Youth Development Coalition Conference Room, 4241 B St, #100. This group will join the Practitioner Cohort some months at Camp Fire Alaska Wells Fargo Room; you will be notified in advance.
“I found [Second Order Change] helpful personally in that I was able to recognize my strengths / weaknesses and challenged me to make progress. I see this affecting my personal and work life in a positive way.”   


Second Order Change cohorts have provided professional development for staff from afterschool, mental health, juvenile justice, school district, and other youth programs. This cohort is not an introductory course, but a chance for staff with some experience to dive more deeply into their own practice. Read below for more information about the Executive and Practitioners Cohorts.

  • Executive Cohort: This cohort is made up of staff in senior leadership roles, such as executive directors, COOs, and program directors. These leaders impact the organization broadly, for example through setting the tone for culture or directing policy and strategy. They have fund development and staff management responsibilities.
  • Practitioner Cohort: Staff in this cohort include program managers, site directors, training coordinators, and frontline staff. These professionals may be focused on managing staff and/or working directly with youth.

2016-17 Cohort Participating Organizations: 21 Century Community Learning Centers, Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage School District Title VII Indian Education, Anchorage Youth Court, Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska, Camp Fire Alaska, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., Covenant House Alaska, Denali Family Services, Parachute Ministries

Applicant Selection

We will do our best to accommodate all interested organizations, but in the case that we have more interest than space we may need to select organizations. Selection criteria would include high percentage of Alaska Native/American Indian youth served by your program; interest in and commitment to continuous improvement in youth environment, relationships and experiences; and we will be seeking to include organizations from a variety of sectors – from juvenile justice to afterschool to mental health and beyond.

Thank you to our Sponsor

This opportunity is made possible by Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.