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Prairie View to host at-risk youth workshop
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NEWTON — Prairie View Inc. will host an Adventure with Youth at Risk workshop Feb. 10-12 on its main campus, 1901 E. First St., Newton. Presenter is Jason Leal, Prairie View’s recreation and adventure facilitator.
This workshop is designed for adults who work with youth at risk in schools, treatment centers, detention centers and other specialized programs, but adults who encounter youth in other settings are welcome as well.
 Participants will learn techniques of the nationally accredited Behavior Management through Adventure (BMtA) program that Prairie View uses with youth who often present challenges to traditional group management. Prairie View holds the only license for BMtA training in the State of Kansas.
Offering an introduction to behavior management, the three-day workshop begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 and concludes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12.
“Helping youth transform themselves is really the goal of this program,” Leal explains. “While this program is about role modeling for the kids, in the end, it’s not about adults transforming youth, it’s about youth transforming themselves.”
BMtA programming empowers youth to have a say in helping form rules. “When we work with youth at risk, we realize they are already affecting their community but in negative ways; this helps them learn how to affect their communities in positive ways,” Leal says.
Practical use for the training is for team building, social skills, learning how to relate to others and community building.
For workshop registration, email, phone 978-524-4638, or see