Online Faciltiation

How to Lead Engaging and Interactive Online Programs

Build Your Zoom Facilitation Toolkit Workshop

In this 6-hour training you will learn to create the same lasting impact with your online groups as you do in your in-person programs. We will show you how to leverage Zoom to facilitate programs that deliver a deep, interactive, and connected learning experience.

  • Learn techniques to lead interactive activities that enhance a group’s experience
  • Gain a toolbox of tried and tested activities that you can weave into any online program to increase engagement, connection, and creativity
  • Experience how to create a strong sense of connection and group bonding in digital spaces
  • Understand Zoom functions to enhance online facilitation
  • Discover surprising Zoom tricks that will make your program more engaging
  • Learn tools to apply in any program regardless of the content, format, or audience.

Whether you are new to Zoom or have been using it for months, this training is designed to advance your skills of using Zoom for maximum impact. We welcome anyone who works with youth or adult groups: youth workers, educators, trainers, program leaders, facilitators, team leaders plus more.

The world of online tools is incredibly exciting!!! We can CONNECT and get creative. There’s a world of possibilities. I was using some of these things before but you’ve just expanded my world. So excited!!

– Natalie, attendee of the september 2020 zoom mastery workshop

Get registered!

Before registering, be sure to review the Workshop RequirementsTechnical Requirements, and Tips that are listed below to ensure that you will be able to fully participate in the training.

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Partners for Youth Empowerment employs a sliding scale as a tool to promote economic justice and provide access to all. We invite you to self select your registration fee using our Sliding Scale as a guide. Based on where you fall on the sliding scale, you are welcome to choose one of the following rates: $125, $200, or $275. Full price for this 6 hour workshop is $200 USD. Be sure to review the Refund and Payment Policy.

If you need additional financial support in order to participate due to your personal situation or to the inequalities of the exchange rate to the US dollar, you are welcome to submit an application to our Scholarship Program. If you apply for a scholarship, you will be contacted when a space becomes available. Please note that we may not be able to get you into the training date of your choice.


  • This 6 hour training will take place in PYE’s private and secure online Zoom room and wil be highly interactive. You can expect to meet in large and small groups using both your video and audio.
  • After registering, you will receive an email with the links for joining the session on Zoom.
  • There will be two – 10 minute breaks during each session.


  • A few pieces of paper (or a journal), and a pen or pencil.
  • A quiet and distraction free space to work in with a bit of room for a few physical activities.
  • We welcome you to join the workshop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time so that you can get oriented and ready to participate when the session starts.


In order to participate fully, and to allow for the highest level of connectivity, you will need to have the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer. This training will provide instructions for using Zoom on a desktop or laptop computer. Although it is possible to lead Zoom meetings from a tablet or mobile device, you will be limited in what features and functions you have access to. We will be providing instructions for how to use the Zoom features on desktop devices. Also, for the purposes of this training, a computer or laptop monitor will enable you to better see and engage with the workshop content, as well as with the other participants. It is also ideal to have a device with a physical keyboard.
  • Zoom Desktop Client. On your device, be sure to install or update the Zoom desktop client Version 5.3.1 for Mac, PC, Chrome OS or Linux. Download Zoom:
  • Zoom account. Create an account for yourself with Zoom if you do not already have one.
  • Webcam, speakers, and microphone. Mostly likely your device has these elements built in and ready to use. Make sure that they are working properly on your device and on Zoom.
  • WiFi. When possible, connect to the internet with a physical cable connection, not just Wi-Fi. This will give you much greater speed and service.
  • Power Source. Make sure that your device has power for the duration of the workshop.


  • Space. A quiet and distraction free space to work in with a bit of room for some physical activities.
  • Lighting. Make sure you have a stronger source of light in front of you than behind you, too much light behind you and you will appear as a silhouette. 
  • Headset. A headset will greatly reduce the chance for feedback and improve your voice quality. Headsets that connect via USB are the best choice.
  • Location. Wind and background noise makes your device’s microphone adjust and your voice may sound muffled. Also, don’t have anything behind you that may be distracting to those who are on the other side.
  • Close Other Applications. This will maximize processing power of your device to improve the quality of your Zoom session.