The Shop of Author Jo Johnson

About Jo Johnson

Jo JohnsonJo is a different kind of social worker. To date, she has worked in 17 states and she isn’t done yet.

She worked in clinical settings for 28 years before expanding her work at national, regional and community levels. The Scholar Store is her first social entrepreneurial project after years of building non-profit programs and collaborations.

Jo’s Skill Areas

Start-Up Person: Jo has a strong track record of starting new programs, collaborations and initiatives. She LOVES to create solutions that meet the needs of children, youth, families and communities. She builds these efforts from ground zero: assessing community needs and strengths, finding funding, hiring and training great staff, testing out innovative approaches, creating data systems, developing evaluation outcomes and bringing unlikely partners to the table to make real change.

Voracious researcher: When Jo starts a new project, she reads everything. She digs into existing knowledge and talks with researchers about their studies.

Innovator: Jo has always been someone who questions the status quo. She immerses herself in the work and identifies elements that are missing from how we do our work. Then, she seeks out answers in predictable and unpredictable places to improve our helping efforts.

Collaboration Builder: It seems like every funder wants us to work in collaborations, but there is so little information available to help us do this effectively, especially when members are from very different systems.

Author: Writing has become a new passion for Jo. Words are flying off her laptop even though she never really learned keyboard skills. She wants to share what she has learned in her 40 years as a social worker and hopes to persuade her colleagues to do the same.

Document A describes the major elements of Wiggle Room that fill in the missing pieces from today’s youth engagement and program development. Wiggle Room’s multi-dimensional process moves youth work beyond…

This document prepares you to meet and understand people in your community. It outlines arguments made to dissuade you from taking the time to do this and offers ways to…

This document focuses on how to engage a community with an understanding of its phase of development or POD. This information is invaluable! It will help you build new programs…

Document D offers detailed instructions on how to conduct a listening forum. A listening forum is designed to gather community input and build networks. It is a powerful way to…

Document E discusses one of the most important elements in youth programs: the adults. This document focuses on how to select and grow a great group of youth program staff…

Document F introduces the four survival roles: Hero, Rebel, Clown and Ghost via an interactive, simulated first group meeting. The information is presented as a training session for anyone working…

Document G introduces a new paradigm for small group development so that Wiggle Room facilitators may guide their youth groups through each phase successfully. Many existing frameworks provide information on…

Document H offers you general guidelines for understanding and supporting individual teens stuck in survival roles at each stage of group development. It includes a training activity that can be…

Document I is deceptively simple. It contains information on how to communicate with teens. This information is essential to building trusting connections between people and a safe group environment. By…