Professional Development


We're committed to your growth and professional development on both an individual and programmatic level.

Fair Futures Professional Development Opportunities:

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops
Technical Assistance
Learning Communities
1-on-1 Coaching

Upcoming Trainings, Workshops, & Events

Fair Futures offers Trainings, Workshops, and Refreshers, designed to help you increase your knowledge and strengthen your skills.  Please see a list of upcoming mandatory and optional opportunities below. 
To download a PDF of all Mandatory Trainings for Fair Futures Staff, click here.
Optional Training
Fair Futures Platform Training for Coaches and Middle School Specialists
Training for Coaches and Middle School Specialists
Multiple Dates
This training will help Coaches and Middle School Specialists use the Fair Futures platform. This includes learning how to input goals and track them, enter progress notes, enter contacts, and pull and read reports.

PLEASE NOTE:
You must have completed the Core Fair Futures training prior to taking this training.  
Optional Training
Fair Futures Platform Training for Supervisors and Directors
Training for Supervisors and Directors only
Multiple Dates
This training will help Supervisors and Directors guide and navigate the Fair Futures Platform.

Once you register you will receive an email confirmation and Zoom link.  
Optional Training
Fair Futures Platform Training for Education, Career, and Housing Specialists
Training for Education (high school & college), Career, and Housing Specialists only
Multiple Dates
This training will help guide the use and functionality of the Fair Futures Platform for Education (high school and college), Career and Housing Specialists.

Once you register you will receive an email confirmation and Zoom link.  
Optional Training
Fair Futures Platform Training: Adding,Transferring, Assigning Youth & Admin Functions
Training for Supervisors, Directors and Data Specialists only
Multiple Dates

Mandatory Training
Fair Futures Orientation
Mandatory Training for new Fair Futures staff.
Anyone else interested in learning more about the Fair Futures model is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This Fair Futures Model Orientation session will provide helpful details in understanding the goals and purpose of Fair Futures.  Participants will learn the about the origins of the Fair Futures model, what the model looks like including goals and objectives, role clarity compared to other agency roles, and an overview of the coaching framework

Once you register you will receive a Zoom invite for all three dates.  
Mandatory Training
Obtaining and Maintaining Housing & Building Independent Living/Life Skills
Mandatory Training for Coaches, Supervisors, & Housing Specialists
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Training Hosted by City Living
Registration Closed

Mandatory Training
Navigating Suspensions and School Discipline
Mandatory Training for Coaches, Supervisors, & Education Specialists
Monday, March 1, 2021 | 9:30 AM
Training Hosted by Advocates for Children
Registration Closed
At this training, agency staff will learn about the different types of suspensions and classroom removals in New York City and NY State, including the procedures school must follow when disciplining students.
Participants will become familiar with the basic components of suspension notices and a suspension packet, practice using the NYC Discipline Code to advocate for students facing principal’s and superintendent’s suspensions, and learn about the legal protections for students with disabilities facing disciplinary removals in school, and the behavioral interventions available to support students in school and during remote learning.
Workshop Wednesdays
Workshop Wednesday: Supportive Housing Myth-Busting:
Why All Youth Can & Should Apply!
Open to all Fair Futures Staff
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM
There are often misperceptions that young people aging out of foster care are only eligible for supportive housing if they have a mental health diagnosis and that supportive housing can be very rigid.  This workshop will help us understand how to help all youth apply for supportive housing successfully and highlight several successful, quality supportive housing programs.  We will have a fantastic panel comprised of housing experts/Specialists and supportive housing providers.  

Once you register you will receive an email confirmation and Zoom link.  
Mandatory Training
Career/Workforce Development 1.0
Mandatory Training for Coaches, Coach Supervisors, & Career Development Specialists
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Training Hosted by WPTI (Workforce Professional Training Institute)
Registration Closed
PLEASE NOTE: You must complete the Core Fair Futures training prior to attending this training.
Career/Workforce Development 1.0 is a pre-req for staff interested in taking Career/Workforce Development 2.0

Workshop Wednesdays
Workshop Wednesday: Advanced Special Education Advocacy
To participate, staff must completed AFC's introductory special education workshop.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM
Workshop Hosted by Advocates for Children (AFC)
Open to any Fair Futures staff who completed AFC's introductory special education workshop.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to: Request and interpret special education evaluations, including specialized evaluations; Apply for specialized programs, including ASD programs, day treatment programs, and nonpublic schools; Advocate for students at IEP meetings, mediation, and due process hearings.

Once you register you will receive an email confirmation and Zoom link.  
Mandatory Training
High School Graduation Requirements/Alternative Programs for Older Students
Mandatory Training for Coaches, Supervisors, & Education Specialists
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 9:30 AM
Training Hosted by Advocates for Children
This workshop will give staff an in-depth understanding of high school graduation requirements in New York State, including the different types of diplomas and non-diploma credentials, the impact of Regents exemptions, and the safety nets available to students with disabilities and English language learners. Participants will learn about alternative schooling options for older students in NYC and how to apply to these programs, including transfer schools, YABCs, High School Equivalency programs, vocational programs, and Restart Academy, and other available supports, such as childcare and internships.
Optional Training
Career/Workforce Development 2.0
Open to Fair Futures staff who completed Career/Workforce Development 1.0 Training
Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM
Training Hosted by WPTI (Workforce Professional Training Institute)
This training will delve deeper into the understanding of the workforce, what options are available to our youth and resources for helping you improve your work.

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete Career/Workforce Development 1.0 to participate in this training

Once you register you will receive an email from WPTI with a Zoom link and any information on how to prepare for the training.

Technical Assistance

If you would like support around a specific issue or topic area you can schedule a technical assistance session. 
Fair Futures Technical Assistance, or TA, will provide you with an opportunity to learn, while problem-solving an area you would like help with. TA sessions can be 1-on-1 or with however many people from your team that you'd like to invite.
Technical Assistance Topics
THEME: Program Overview; Implementation Best Practices
Overview of Fair Futures
Background, model and staff roles, resources available and the Online Platform.
Implementation progress and best practices at an organizational level
Includes reviewing the program/org structure and reporting lines, discussing role clarity, collaboration with other departments, developing a program name, and how to create a coaching culture.  
Creating Shared Program Language
This session will help your coaching team create messaging to use with young people, foster parents and guardians, co-workers and other stakeholders.
THEME: 
Coaching Best Practices; Engagement; Building Trust
The First 90 Days of Coaching
Learn out of the box strategies for  engaging young people and building trust.
How to Coach! Effective Coaching Techniques and Frameworks
Learn how to set up a coaching session, what coaching language to use, how to create a coaching agreement and how to incorporate coaching conversations into everyday practice.
How to Coach! Effective Coaching Techniques and Frameworks
Learn how to set up a coaching session, what coaching language to use, how to create a coaching agreement and how to incorporate coaching conversations into everyday practice.
Finding Your Coaching Style
Explore ways to develop your coaching style and personality.
THEME: 
Goals & Steps Tracking; Education; Career; Accessing Resources
Middle School Specialist Role
Includes learning about the Middle School Goals & Steps.
Coaching Goals & Steps
Overview of framework and tracking progress

This includes high school, post-secondary planning, college, career development and housing/independent living goals and steps.
High School Selection Process
What to do before the fall;
Includes a tutorial on MySchools/ InsideSchools.
Using One Degree
Learn how to access career development resources with this brand new online platform.
Assisting Students with Transferring Schools/
Selecting Best-Fit Alternative High Schools 
THEME: Supervisory Best Practices; Program Performance
Effective Coach Supervision
Learn how to “coach” Coaches and to manage their performance.  
Creating a Positive Coaching Culture
Learn strategies for creating programmatic and organizational buy-in; Learn effective relationship building techniques that foster teamwork and collaboration.
THEME: Youth Development Best Practices
Running Peer Leadership Groups
Peer groups provide young people with a safe space to have their voices heard. Learn best practices and a step by step method for creating your own peer leadership groups.
THEME: Program Overview; Implementation Best Practices
TOPICS
TIME
SUGGESTED STAFF
Overview of Fair Futures
Background, model and staff roles, resources available and the Online Platform.
30
Minutes
All Staff: Program Directors, Supervisors, Coaches, Specialists
Implementation progress and best  practices at an organizational level
Includes reviewing the program/org structure and reporting lines, discussing role clarity, collaboration with other departments, developing a program name, and how to create a coaching culture.  
45
Minutes
Initial session with senior staff to discuss before sharing out with their team
Creating Shared Program Language
This session will help your coaching team create messaging to use with young people, foster parents and guardians, co-workers and other stakeholders.
1.5 Hours
- 2 Hours
All Staff: Program Directors, Supervisors, Coaches, Specialists
THEME: Coaching Best Practices; Engagement; Building Trust
The First 90 Days of Coaching
Learn out of the box strategies for  engaging young people and building trust.    
1H
Coaches and Coach Supervisors
How to Coach! Effective Coaching Techniques and Frameworks
Learn how to set up a coaching session, what coaching language to use, how to create a coaching agreement and how to incorporate coaching conversations into everyday practice.
2 Hours
Coaches and Coach Supervisors
Finding Your Coaching Style
Explore ways to develop your coaching style and personality.
1 Hour
Coaches and Specialists
THEME: Goals & Steps Tracking; Education; Career; Accessing Resources
Middle School Specialist Role
Includes learning about the Middle School Goals & Steps.
1 Hour
Middle School Specialists and their Supervisors
Coaching Goals & Steps – Overview of framework and tracking progress
This includes high school, post-secondary planning, college, career development and housing/independent living goals and steps.
2 Hours
All Staff: Program Directors, Supervisors, Coaches, Specialists
(if they have not yet been trained or if a refresher is needed)
High School Selection Process
What to do before the fall; Includes a tutorial on MySchools/ InsideSchools.
1 Hour
Middle School Specialists and Coaches
Using One Degree
Learn how to access career development resources with this brand new online platform.
1 Hour
Coaches and Career Development Specialists
Assisting Students with Transferring Schools/Selecting Best-Fit Alternative High Schools 
1 Hour
Coaches
THEME: Supervisory Best Practices; Program Performance
Effective Coach Supervision
Learn how to “coach” Coaches and to manage their performance.  
1.5 Hours
Coach Supervisors and Program Directors
Creating a Positive Coaching Culture
Learn strategies for creating programmatic and organizational buy-in; Learn effective relationship building techniques that foster teamwork and collaboration.
1 Hour
Any senior staff person that has direct reports
THEME: Youth Development Best Practices
Running Peer Leadership Groups
Peer groups provide young people with a safe space to have their voices heard.
Learn best practices and a step by step method for creating your own peer leadership groups.
1-1.5
Hours
Coaches and Coach Supervisors
Creating Shared Program Language
This session will help your coaching team create messaging to use with young people, foster parents and guardians, co-workers and other stakeholders.  

The First 90 Days of Coaching
Learn out of the box strategies for engaging young people and building trust.

Finding Your Coaching Style
Explore ways to develop your coaching style and personality. 

Middle School Specialist Role
Learn about the Middle School Goals & Steps
High School Selection Process
What to do before the fall;
Includes a tutorial on MySchools/Inside Schools.

Using One Degree
Learn how to access career development resources with this brand new online platform. 

Effective Coach Supervision
Learn how to “coach” Coaches and to manage their performance.  



Questions? Please email Emil Ramnarine at emil.ramnarine@fairfuturesny.org.

Learning Communities

In partnership with New Yorkers for Children we offer monthly Fair Futures Learning Communities that are designed to provide you with a place to learn, network, focus on self-care and re-energize among your cohorts. Topics for each Learning Community are chosen by the participants. Past topics have included effective youth engagement, how to make time for self-care, and how to be a leader during stressful times.
Learning Communities are broken into the following groups: Supervisors (anyone who has a direct report),
Middle School Specialists, and Coaches & Specialists (Career, Educational, Housing).
Due to the number of Coaches & Specialists, there are two Learning Community Groups offered. You may attend either group.
Learning Communities are optional and span 90 minutes.
Upcoming Learning Community Dates
Supervisors & Directors
Wednesday, February 24 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Coaches & Specialists
Choose either:
Friday, February 12 OR Tuesday, February 16 from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Middle School Specialists
Monday, February 8 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Please contact Emil Ramnarine at emil.ramnarine@fairfuturesny.org to register.

1-on-1 Coaching

If you are looking for a way to maximize your potential and take your work performance to the next level then 1-on-1 performance coaching is for you. 
Performance coaching is now being offered to any Fair Futures staff. In these 30 or 60 minute sessions YOU get to focus on YOU. Benefits include, but are not limited to, sharpening your skills, identifying roadblocks in performance, gaining more clarity and focus, exploring your goals and aspirations and finding balance with work and life. 
To schedule 1-on-1 Coaching, please contact Emil Ramnarine at emil.ramnarine@fairfuturesny.org

To meet your learning needs, wants and goals, we developed an array of high-level training opportunities, created learning communities to help you re-energize and network, and launched weekly Workshop Wednesdays trainings on a range of topics. Additionally, Fair Futures offers Technical Assistance for teams, agencies, or entire organizations from our experts around any topic as well as 1 on 1 Coaching to help you feel empowered.  

Thank you to The Foster Care Excellence Fund for supporting this work and to our training/technical assistance partners:
Advocates for Children, New Yorkers for Children, City Living NY, Children's Village, Workforce Professionals Training Institute, Goddard Options Institute, Youth Communication, At the Table, and the ACS Workforce Institute.

Questions? Please email Emil Ramnarine at emil.ramnarine@fairfuturesny.org.