Risk Happens - Why and How it Can Help Youth

Life is risky business. Risk happens all of the time, in our personal lives, in our businesses and in our world. We often praise adults and certainly CEOs who take risks. So why is it that we work so hard to prevent risk-taking behavior in young people? Risk-taking is a part of the natural developmental trajectory and helps young people (and adults) develop new skills, achieve goals and push the limits of their learning. This webinar will briefly review the science of adolescent risk-taking. Then we will review several strategies to support the type of risk-taking that will help young people achieve developmental milestones and achievement goals. We will also explore how we might frame risk-taking in a way to help steer adolescents away from the kind of risks that threaten their health and wellness.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the biological, social and developmental drivers of risk-takingesilience and Kindness.
  • Learn strategies to guide adolescents and young adults into risk-taking that focuses on healthy development
  • Identify strategies that might help steer young people away from unhealthy risks
CYC Certification Competency Domain: 
Developmental Practice Methods   
1.5 Class Hours
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Cindy Carraway-Wilson

Cindy Carraway-Wilson, MA, CYC-P, is Director of Training at Youth Catalytics and has extensive experience in the human services field as a youth worker, mental health therapist, clinical program director and trainer/facilitator. Currently, she leads a variety of trainings on topics such as Positive Youth Development, LGBTQ topics, outcomes measurement, supervision, stress management and self-care for the professional, and organizational development and strategic planning. She is a member of the training cadre for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and a certified trainer from the Academy for Educational Development. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and understands the value of applying a mind-body approach to professional development, health and wellness. Cindy lives in Maine with her partner and two Siberian huskies.