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Anchorage Youth Development Coalition

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AYDC Second Order Change

Transformative professional learning for youth development staff and leaders.

AYDC is pleased to invite Anchorage youth programs to apply for the 2018-19 Second Order Change professional development series!

Second Order Change is a leadership development series and a professional learning community. It is designed to support staff in delivering high quality youth development programs.

“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.”  


Research shows that youth environments, relationships, and experiences impact their short- and long-term outcomes—from health, to civic engagement, to economic self-sufficiency. Second Order Change is an initiative to support transformation in individual staff capacity and organizational health and culture to maximize our ability to achieve positive outcomes for youth.

Second Order Change is a leadership development series and a professional learning community. It supports staff at all levels in youth serving organizations to build social and emotional intelligence, which is responsible for over 50% of effectiveness in all professions and is critical to support youth development.


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

The Learning Experience

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 the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) social and emotional learning competency framework 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 inviting exploration of critical topics in youth development, including: trauma-informed practice, cultural responsiveness, effective communication, and more.

Participants will complete an SEL skills self-assessment as part of this process. All participants will meet in one learning space and connect with peers in similar roles at other Anchorage youth-serving organizations.

“I feel I am more confident and capable in my position at work.”

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
“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.”