AYDC Second Order Change

AYDC is pleased to host youth-serving organizations for a seventh year of the AYDC Second Order Change professional development series in Anchorage. Applications are now open! Please view the call for applications for more information and learn how to apply.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all of our applicants!

  • Thursday, December 15, 2022: Applications Open
  • Sunday, January 15, 2023, 5 PM: Online Applications Due
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023: Participants selected and notified
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023: Payment Due
  • Wednesdays, February 2 – March 23, 2022: Weekly SOC Sessions (See below)
  • Session 1: February 15 (In-Person)
  • Session 2: February 22 (Virtual)
  • Session 3: March 1 (Virtual)
  • Session 4: March 8 (Virtual)


  • Session 5: March 22 (Virtual)
  • Session 6: March 29 (In-Person)

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AYDC Second Order Change is a leadership development series and a professional learning community. It is designed to support staff in delivering high quality youth development programs. AYDC Second Order Change was developed with leadership funding from Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.


Research shows that youths’ environments, relationships and experiences impact their short- and long-term outcomes—from health, to civic engagement, to economic self-sufficiency.  Second Order Change is an initiative to support staff capacity to maximize positive outcomes for youth.

Second Order Change is a leadership development series and a professional learning community. It supports staff at all levels in youth serving organizations to strengthen social and emotional intelligence, which is responsible for over 50% of effectiveness in all professions and is critical to support youth development.

Learning Experience

The series takes place over the course of six weekly sessions, providing the opportunity to build relationships with cohort members, explore a new approach between sessions, and reflect and integrate learning.

We use the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) social and emotional learning competency framework to support staff development in each of five Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) domains. Each session in the series sparks personal reflection and peer learning through inviting exploration of critical topics in youth development, including: resilience, healing-centered engagement, embracing resistance, cultural responsiveness, mindfulness, coaching and communication.

All participants will meet in a virtual learning space and connect with peers in similar roles at other Anchorage youth-serving organizations.

Benefits of Participating

Be part of a growing network of Anchorage youth-serving organization professionals working to provide environments, relationships, and experiences that help youth thrive now and in the future. You will have access to:

  • High quality professional development in leading practices based on research in the fields of youth development and SEL.
  • A supportive environment to energize, rejuvenate, and learn through reflective practice and peer support.
  • A cohort of peers to forge meaningful new, collaborative relationships.
  • Become familiar with SEL practices that support SEL skill development for staff.
  • 6 weekly sessions, plus a pre-session, to provide participants time to incorporate new perspectives and approaches into their work.
  • Receive a copy of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Jean Greaves and Travis Bradberry

Story of AYDC Second Order Change

Thank you to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) for featuring this initiative at the 2022 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit. This 8 minute story shares how AYDC Second Order Change was developed, and how we partnered with Communities of Schools of Atlanta to lead a training of trainers in the curriculum. CASEL has graciously allowed us to share this recording with you. To learn more about SEL, visit To hear from other thought leaders in the field, you can purchase on-demand access to the 2022 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit here.

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