Trainings : VFHY

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided quality regional trainings to prevention professionals throughout Virginia since 2005. Empower Series workshops/trainings are a collection of events aimed to help youth, advocates, and decision makers empower themselves and others to make healthy choices. These workshops/trainings will help develop professional, organizational and classroom management skills, increase general prevention knowledge, build capacity among statewide prevention and substance abuse professionals and more.

You can view all upcoming Empower Series workshops/trainings on VFHY’s events page.

If you have any questions about any VFHY Empower Series workshops/trainings, please feel free to contact Charlie McLaughlin at (804) 786-2279 or

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Potential Empower Series Workshop/Trainings Listings

Nicotine and Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Workshops

  • A Closer Look at Prevention and Early Intervention for Substance Use in Teens and Young Adults Instructor: Barbara Burke
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  • New Emerging Triangle: Tobacco, E-cigs and Marijuana Instructor: Jim Martin
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  • Substance Use in Teens and Young Adults: Concerns and Strategies – Instructor: Barbara Burke
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  • Twenty First Century Vaping: A Teen Epidemic – Instructor: Barbara Burke
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  • “What Are They Smoking Now?:” An update on Vaping and Marijuana with Teens and Young Adults. – Instructor: Barbara Burke
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Nutrition, Obesity, and Physical Activity Workshops

  • Best Practices of Nutrition and Physical Activity for Early Childhood – Instructor: Alternatives Inc.Description (PDF)

Community Team Development, Sustainability and Assessment Workshops

  • Building and Sustaining a Culture of Strategic Intersections: Creating Signature Partnerships in Your City – Instructor: Paul ShortDescription (PDF)


  • Building Effective and Sustainable Coalitions Instructor: Health Resources in ActionDescription (PDF)




  • Effective Team Building: Keeping the End in Mind – Instructor: Alternatives Inc.Description (PDF)


  • Effectively Engaging Multi-Sector Partners Instructor: Health Resources in ActionDescription (PDF)


  • Engaging and Empowering Priority Communities: Health Equity in Action – Instructor: Health Resources in ActionDescription (PDF)


  • Identify Successful Like-minded Partnership – Instructor: Fancie TerrellDescription (PDF)

Professional & Organizational Development Workshops

  • 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work Instructor: Bernadette CostelloDescription (PDF)



  • Creating a Sustainable Culture of Workplace Empathy and Why this Matters – Instructor: Paul ShortDescription (PDF)





  • Managing the Silent Side of Change Instructor: Bernadette CostelloDescription (PDF)



  • Performance Focused Conversations Instructor: Bernadette CostelloDescription (PDF)


  • Problem-solving and Change through Human Centered Design (HCD) Instructor: the Spark MillDescription (PDF)



  • Strategic Flexibility – HR’s Response to the Evolving Workplace – Instructor: the Spark MillDescription (PDF)


  • Strategic Planning from Start to Finish – Instructor: the Spark MillDescription (PDF)


  • Stress: Are You Managing it or is it Managing You?” – Instructor: Barbara BurkeDescription (PDF)


  • TEA Time!: The 3 keys to Building an Inclusive Culture that Empowers Collaboration and Performance Under Pressure – Instructor: Jacob PachecoDescription (PDF)


  • The Power of Positivity: Maslow Was Definitely on to Something! Instructor: Donna ProctorDescription (PDF)


  • The Road to Cultural Competency:  What does it Mean and How Do We Get There? Instructor: Barbara BurkeDescription (PDF)


  • Time Management: An Essential Skill for Effective People Instructor: Donna ProctorDescription (PDF)


  • Understanding Yourself and Others: A Leadership Workshop Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Instructor: Donna ProctorDescription (PDF)


  • What’s Your Conflict Management Style? Instructor: Donna ProctorDescription (PDF)


  • You Want Me to Do What? Fiduciary Responsibilities Instructor: Donna ProctorDescription (PDF)

Youth Advocacy, Youth Development & Engagement Workshops

  • Adultism: Barrier to Youth Engagement – Instructor: Alternatives Inc.Description (PDF)




  • Supporting Healthy Relationships Among Young People – Instructor: Health Resources in ActionDescription (PDF)


  • Youth Civic Engagement – It’s More Than Just “Showing Up.”- Instructor: Alternative Inc.Description (PDF)


  • Who Unplugged the Cord?: Disclosing Engagement Barriers Between Youth and their Parents/Caregivers in a Digital/Screen-driven World – Instructor: Paul ShortDescription (PDF)

Facilitation & Classroom Management Workshops

  • Behavior and Classroom Management Training – Instructor: Health Resources in ActionDescription (PDF)


  • Effective Presentation Skills – Instructor: Virginia Cooperative ExtensionDescription (PDF)


  • Facilitating Effective Meetings and Groups Instructor: Virginia Cooperative ExtensionDescription (PDF)



  • Hats Off to Preschool and Childcare Workers! It’s more than fun and games – Instructor: Alternatives Inc.Description (PDF)



  • Things Come Better in Pairs: Discovering the Power of Activating Both Conversation and Facilitation When Working with Youth Instructor: Paul ShortDescription (PDF)

Proposal Writing and Grant Management Workshops

  • Grant Writing 101: It’s A Process Instructor: Valerie Liggins-LawDescription (PDF)


  • Grant Writing 102: Writing a Proposal Instructor: Valerie Liggins-LawDescription (PDF)