Burlington--University of Vermont Extension 4-H is offering free training for adults who work with youths to help them become an "askable" adult, someone children feel comfortable approaching with their concerns and problems.

Two sessions of Askable Adult Training will be offered this fall. Interested individuals may sign up for either the Oct. 26 and 28 or the Nov. 16 and 18 session. All sessions will be offered via Zoom from 10-11:30 a.m.

Trainings are limited to 35 people per each session to facilitate small group discussion. Registration is required.

For details or to register, go to http://go.uvm.edu/askableadult. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Allison Smith, 4-H Youth Learning Experiences coordinator at allison.smith.2@uvm.edu or (802) 651-8343, ext. 509.

The training is open to any parent, educator, youth development professional, 4-H or scout leader or youth group organizer who wants to learn how to communicate more effectively and strengthen connections with children to be a more approachable and valued resource for them. Participants should be patient, trustworthy, kind, open-minded and non-judgmental, among other qualities.

The Askable Adult Training program was developed by the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence as a result of a 2017 survey of 584 Vermont youths, ages 10 to 24, who were asked to identify concerns that caused them stress in their daily lives. Survey participants listed drug and alcohol use, poverty, bullying and sexism and harassment, among other major concerns, with the most requested need being having more supportive and "askable" adults in their lives.


Allison Emily Smith