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 Post subject: AYMT?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:47 am 
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I admit, I'm quite curious as to the differences between AYMT and PLA/PIA. From the sound of things, its to act more as a platform for specialization once one has completed their Master Guide. I think it's a neat idea. Kind of like having your Master Guide is like having a Degree, and then the AYMT allows for a Minor - or a focus within that. Anyone have any current news on this?

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 Post subject: Re: AYMT?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 am 
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We began training in the new AYMT training here in Texas last month. In part it provides continuous training, rather than what has been seen as a rush to complete the checklist for PLA and PIA. Hose were really intended to take several years (we were told around 6 years) but many people were cramming them into their minimum of around 2, and using them as sort of advanced Master Guide, rather than as continued development and learning. The new programs are not fully developed yet, but provide several different tracks for Pathfinder leadership of all sorts to pursue (even those not yet invested as Master Guides). No longer is there just Basic Staff training or post-Master Guide training. It also provides opportunities to improve skills in teaching IA, honors, how to be an effective counselor, how to manage staff - overall it also provides a constantly evolving program that will help keep up with current issues and commit leaders to a constant path of development, training, review and improvement.

Overall, I have been very pleased with the program, particularly as it is more than just training sessions, but includes a year-long practicum in most areas, encourages working with mentors, and promotes lifelong learning.

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 Post subject: Re: AYMT?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Rodger,

Thanks so much for the feedback! Sounds like it's going to be a more comprehensive and focused program. I for one am glad they finally got around to looking at it. And you're right, from everything I'd looked t for PLA, it did feel kinda like it as rushed, even if that wasn't the intention. It also sounds like this format will lend itself better to the evolving needs of the Pathfinder program - and many others in Adventist Youth MInistries.

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