Out-of-School Time Leadership Institute (OST-LI)


OST-LI Mission:

The mission of the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Leadership Institute (OST-LI) is to increase access to out-of-school time (OST) programs across New Mexico by providing high-quality professional development for emerging out-of-school time leaders working in underserved and vulnerable New Mexico communities.


OST-LI Project Vision:

Many OST provider organizations in New Mexico lack key professional development and capacity building support for their leaders and staff. They are often expensive, and subsequently out-of-reach for many OST provider organizations. NMOST addresses this need through the development of the first Out-of-School Time Leadership Institute in New Mexico.


What is the OST-LI Spring Series?

OST-LI Spring Training Series is a FREE 9 part professional development opportunity for individuals, providers, and community members working with children and youth in the out-of-school time space. By offering this series of workshops, NMOST hopes to build a stronger and more interconnected OST community. Register for one session, or register for all 9 below! Please note that you must register for each session separately.


2022 OST-LI Session Descriptions and Registration:


Creating Protective Communities 

WHEN: Thursday, March 31 (10am - 12pm MT)

Presented by Solace Crisis Treatment Center and Resolve in Santa Fe

Trainers: Jess Clark, Education & Prevention Department Manager (Solace) & Alena Schaim, Executive Director/Instructor (Resolve)

In this workshop, participants will examine risk factors and protective factors for child abuse and discuss how to remove barriers to intervention in our afterschool programs and workplaces. Many of us have already received training on how to recognize signs that someone is being abused - in this workshop, participants will focus on how to create an environment where abuse is less likely to happen in the first place.



Amplifying Youth Voice and Choice

WHEN: Thursday, April 7 (11am - 12:30pm MT)

Presented by Katherine Spinney Coaching LLC

Trainer: Katherine Spinney

This session will examine what youth voice and choice is and is not, what the different levels and types of youth voice and choice are, and how you can implement voice and choice more effectively into your program. Through large group discussion, small group discussion, self-reflection, data, and good old-fashioned storytelling, you will walk away from this session with some evidence, some concrete ideas, and some lingering questions, all designed to enhance and strengthen your programming and amplify your student voice and choice.




SEL for Adults: It’s not an Intervention

WHEN: Tuesday, April 12 (10am - 11:00am MT)

Trainer: Leslie Kelly, New Mexico Public Education Department

SEL is an approach, a way of being, a way we do business every day in our personal and professional lives. SEL in schools creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all. This session will explore and create understanding of the NM SEL Framework, the importance of Adult SEL and embracing the core SEL competencies. By integrating SEL practices into our personal and professional lives, we can better practice, teach, and model SEL with our students, staff, parents and community. 




Promising Practices: Guidelines for Engaging Girls in STEM through Out-of-School Time

WHEN: Thursday, April 21 (11am - 12:30pm MT)

Trainers: May Sagbakken (NMOST) & Erika Acosta (NMSU’s Mathematically Connected Communities)

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to the promising practices for OST programs on how to recruit, engage and inspire more girls in STEM.  The Guidelines are designed for leaders, practitioners, families, community partners, and volunteers working with girls in OST programs across New Mexico and nationally. Coming together to create a shared framework opens the doors for new ways to work together, develop training, and build new supports for the OST field to accelerate STEM change in our communities. Practical tips and next steps will be provided.



Good to Great: Taking your OST Program to the Next Level

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 (11am - 12:30pm MT)

Presented by Katherine Spinney Coaching LLC

Trainer: Katherine Spinney 

This session will examine what makes a program great, provide opportunity for you to reflect on where your program is now, and offer strategies, tips and resources to take you and your program to where you want to go- to that next level of greatness and impact. This session is suitable for programs serving all age groups.



TRAINING 6 - Earn 6 CEU's Online

Trauma Sensitive Lens: Recognizing, Understanding and Responding to the Impact of Childhood Trauma (2 Part Training)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3 & Thursday, May 5 (9am - 12:15pm MT)

A two part training presented by All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center

Trainer: Donna Lucero MA, LPCC, NCC

Overview of the impact of childhood trauma on brain development and function. School staff, counselors, and others will learn how to recognize and respond to children affected by trauma. Learn more about:

  • What is the impact of trauma on brain function and structure?
  • Understand trauma responses.
  • What is a trauma sensitive lens?
  • How does REGULATE Then EDUCATE promote healing from trauma?




Resilience, Rights, and Services for Youth Experiencing Homelessness 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 (10am-11:30am MT)

Presented by SchoolHouse Connection

Trainer: Patricia Julianelle J.D.

Homelessness impacts roughly 10,000 students in New Mexico every year. In this workshop, you will learn about the definition of homelessness, warning signs to look for, and what services are available. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn from a youth who has experienced homelessness, who will talk about resilience and specific actions out-of-school professionals can take to nurture resilience in youth experiencing homelessness. Bring your questions!




Grant Writing 101

WHEN: Friday, May 20 (10am-11:00am MT)

Trainer: May Sagbakken, NMOST

Have you been interested in seeking and writing a grant proposal but don't know where to start?or are you looking for a refresher on grantseeking basics? May Sagbakken, NMOST Executive Director, has more than 25 years successful experience in obtaining federal, state, city and foundation grants and will share tips and tools on how to write to win!





Natural Playgrounds and School Gardening: Essential Elements of these Programs for Children and Adolescents

WHEN: Thursday, May 26 (11am-12:00pm MT)

Trainer: Nissa Patterson MPH

Let's dig into HOW to make the outside experience for children and youth even better in your program. Natural playgrounds? This is a growing movement in the United States and a very well established one in many European countries. This presentation will cover visual ideas of what natural playgrounds can look like and what a program needs to do to make these playgrounds a reality. We will also talk about ideas for gardening with children, including lessons learned from the many school gardens in New Mexico.






For more information about the OST-LI, please contact NMOST Program Coordinator, Kaski Suzuki ksuzuki@nmost.org




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