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PYD Foundations: Cultural Competency and Responsiveness

Adult leaders who work with children and youth ages 5-18 in OST settings need awareness for how culture might affect children’s development. Cultural factors include race/ethnicity, national origin, language, gender identity/sexual orientation, age, physical/developmental ability, family type, geographic area, religion, and socioeconomic status. Develop knowledge and skills to create an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and promotes cultural competency for all. (K1.3 C1) 2 hours

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Course Objectives:

  • Explain the elements that come together to define culture, and what cultural competency means.
  • Understand the impact of culture on self-concept, identity development, and learning for school-age youth.
  • Identify the attitudes, knowledge, and skills adult leaders need in order to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and responsive to all children.
  • Outline habits and practices that continually improve personal cultural competence as well as the cultural competence of the children and youth of an OST program.

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