Enroll in “Empowering Young People for Change” to earn a digital badge and eight professional development hours in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s new Professional Learning Series. Open to anyone, the series is designed to help you level up your skills in a selection of self-paced and live workshops—all online this summer.
Successfully complete a workshop and add a digital badge to your resume, email signature, or website. View more Professional Learning Series workshops and register now through Saturday, May 30.
Empowering Young People for Change
Instructor: Dr. Melinda Ickes
Workshop Type: Self-paced, Online
Dates: June 8 – July 17, 2020
Total PD Hours: 8
This workshop will support adults to better understand the current generation of youth, foundations of youth engagement, and best practices for engaging youth as change agents. Participants will hear from adults working with youth and develop a tailored action plan to engage youth specifically in health and/or social justice issues. Completion of this course will result in a UK “Youth Empowerment” badge.
Dr. Melinda Ickes received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Ickes is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky College of Education, where she is director of graduate studies and the Health Promotion program chair. Dr. Ickes’ expertise spans topics like childhood obesity, college health literacy, positive youth development, physical activity promotion, mental health among young adults, sexual health among college students, and tobacco prevention and policy. She is a faculty associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as co-director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted the work of over 400 schools, universities, and organizations toward tobacco-free policies. Most recently, she has worked with school and community partners to reduce the prevalence of emerging tobacco products among at-risk youth and young adults with her innovative, peer-led prevention and empowerment program, #iCANendthetrend, which has reached over 5,000 Kentucky youth since February 2019.