Ways to use the VAA curriculum

The VAA curriculum can be used in a variety of ways:

First, it is understood that users have a license to use this curriculum indefinitely, regardless of where they live or work.
Once the license fee has been paid the user will take the course and forever be able to access the website as a resource tool for purposes of:
1 - Reviewing the course, skills, principles, and practices;
2 - Engaging young people in a conversation around a topic experienced by a teenager in the course, use the Interactive Courtroom, and/or explore a range of educational, employment, and housing options;
3 - Learning about legislative updates;
4 - Receiving current information on best practices; and
5 - Reading about the most recent research related to the use of those practices.

Second, with groups of VAA users.
Program training facilitators may choose to organize their training sessions around the ten modules presented in this curriculum. Although the research on this grant indicated that even in isolation, users increased their knowledge and skills, the use of small training groups may enhance their knowledge through the benefit of sharing their insights with others. Facilitators may choose to have one meeting per module or have four sessions as follows:
1st Session - Modules 1 - 3
2nd Session - Modules 4 - 6
3rd Session - Modules 7 - 9
4th Session - Module 10. This module is so rich with information that our focus groups enjoyed a full discussion around this topic of Living Arrangements.

Third, the VAA curriculum can be used as a recruitment tool.
The curriculum was found to create some positive changes in the behaviors of adults working with adolescents. Adults felt they understood the challenges of adolescents by taking the course and were more willing to represent/work with adolescents after finishing the course. Program coordinators may use this curriculum with a variety of adults who at this point may not be interested in working with adolescents (social workers, foster parents, mentors, teachers, etc.) and not only court appointed volunteers.

Finally, the VAA curriculum can be used with young people or others to help them understand or identify with some of the concepts.
After a user completes the curriculum, any part of it is accessible, therefore a user could show the Interactive Courtroom to the young person to help them prepare for court. Also, the range of housing options and how they differ may mean more to the young person by hearing the youths in the videos describe them. It also may be comforting for a young person to see how some of the situations they face are similar to the youths in the curriculum.

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