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Healthy Development for All Youth-Making Space for Youth to Lead in the Community Presenter: LaTasha DeLoach, $35 for NASW members; $55 for non-members. 3.0 CEUs.

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When: Friday, September 22, 2017
8:30 am - 11:45 am
Where: Mt. Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
Flaherty Community Room (204)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52402
United States
Presenter: LaTasha DeLoach, MSW
Contact: Kimberlee Gregory

Online registration is available until: 9/18/2017
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Healthy Development for All Youth
Making Space for Youth to Lead in the Community


LaTasha DeLoach, MSW and Sara Barron

Mt. Mercy University 

1330 Elmhurst Drive, NE

Flaherty Community Room (204)

Cedar Rapids, IA 54202


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Creating effective, beneficial youth programs requires more that plugging into a simple idea or model. This half-day workshop will take participants through the steps of developing, implementing, and evaluating youth programs. The goal of the workshop is to give participants skills and tools that will lead to programming that is youth-centered, responsive to your community, and inclusive and equitable, both in participation and outcomes.

Portions of the day will be spent in dyads and small groups. Participants are encouraged to bring program questions to share.


  1. Explore the benefits of a youth leadership decision-making model

  2. Center the experiences and voices of youth of color, and discuss how this practice benefits any youth program

  3. Practice program development strategies, including evaluation of your organization’s current capacity for youth programming

  4. Review the steps for implementing a successful program, including staff and volunteer training, participant recruitment, and curriculum development

  5. Discuss the qualities of effective program evaluation



Friday, September 22, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 10:00  - Part I 

10:00 - 10:15 - Break

10:15  - 11:45 - Part II 

3.0 CEUs



NASW members - $35

Non-members - $55


LaTasha DeLoach holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. In her position of Community Projects Specialist at Johnson County Social Services, she is the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact coordinator and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator. DeLoach advocates for families and is a fierce advocate for women and young women of color in Iowa.


She has been a member of many local and statewide boards and committees including UI School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee, State Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, Iowa Girls Justice Initiative Taskforce, SMART on Juvenile Justice Leadership Team, City of Iowa City Council’s Ad Hoc Diversity Committee and City of Iowa City Roundtable Discussions.


DeLoach is a certified facilitator for Girls’ Circle, The Council for Young Men and Boys, and Family Team Meetings. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Iowa Department of Human Services Race: Power of an Illusion program. DeLoach is the co-founder of several organizations and programs for women and girls of color, including G! World, Sisters in Power, and Sankofa Outreach Connection, an emerging local organization with over 300 women of color members.


DeLoach is vice president of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors. She is also a committed community volunteer and coordinator of conferences, seminars, workshops, and events. Her crowning achievements include being a partner to her husband Jason and a mother to her boy/girl twins, Nathan and Lauren. 


Sara Barron worked for over a decade with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County and currently serves as the co-chair of the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact committee. She is a Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform fellow and a graduate of the University of Iowa.

The National Association of Social Workers Iowa Chapter has determined that this training event meets the requirements of the Iowa Board of Social Work for 3.0 CEUs. 





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