United Way of the Lakeshore has a vision to support a network of high-quality out-of-school time programs in muskegon county. one key aspect of this support is providing professional development opportunities.

see below for the current opportunities offered free-of-charge to all afterschool staff in Muskegon county.

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Youth Work Methods - Structure and clear limits - *FRee*

Tuesday, June 18th: 10:00am-2:00pm
How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling youth’s positive energy?  Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe.  This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits. 
*FREE lunch provided


QPR suicide prevention Skills - *FREE*

Tuesday, June 18th: 2:30-3:30pm
There is hope for preventing suicide. Let's all participate and learn.

In just over a year and a half, more than 2,350 people in Muskegon County have been trained in how to help someone who is considering taking their own life. Communities that know QPR skills have fewer suicides. Become a certified QPR Gatekeeper!

Most people who die by suicide have discussed their desire to die before taking their life. Most of us do not know what to say or do in those times. When confronted by a suicidal person we can get confused, upset, and concerned about what to do. The steps are fairly simple and this class will provide you with these steps.

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Trauma informed care + - *FREE*

Wednesday, June 19th: 8:00am-5:00pm
Research shows that people who have experienced 6 or more ACES before the age of 18 are estimated to live 20 years less than those who have experienced 1 or no ACEs. Learn tools for building resilience and supporting those who have experienced trauma/toxic stress.

In this custom workshop, HealthWest will provide training on mental health, trauma informed care, ACEs, crisis response and non-physical interventions.
*FREE lunch provided

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CPR Certification - *FREe*

Thursday, June 20th: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
This program will prepare individuals to respond to sudden cardiac arrest and choking incidents. After successful completion of this training, participants will receive a 2 year certification through the American Safety & Health Institute.


Family fun day - *FREE*

Friday, June 21st: 5:00-7:00pm
Join other out-of-school time professionals and their families for an evening of relaxation and fun before summer programs begin!
*Free dinner provided

Questions? Please contact us today at 231-375-5576 or