Youth Work Matters
Exploring the research behind positive youth development is critical to how we think about and work with young people. In this class you will create resources and learn skills to help you work with young people. The content comes from a combination of real youth work experience and research-based material. This includes the approach to positive youth development, basic youth needs, ecological context, high quality programming, and youth worker expertise.
Participants can expect to
- Explore the field of youth development.
- Discuss research and theories.
- Come up with ideas on how to apply the course content to working with youth.
- Develop relationships with other youth workers.
- Participate in interactive and experiential sessions, small group discussions and debate.
What you’ll have when you walk away
- An understanding of the research behind positive youth development.
- Confidence in talking about the philosophy and best practices of positive youth development.
- Reflections on your own work with young people.
- Knowing how to incorporate positive youth development into your program.
- Knowledge about how positive youth development changes the way we work with young people.
Who should attend: Direct service providers, part-time staff and volunteers
Contact: Kari Robideau
Cost: Available via contract using the following fee structure:
- $125/hour for teaching + 1 hour set-up/take down per session
- 15% income for administrative costs
- Cost of participant supplies in excess of typical training expenses (i.e., large quantities of printed materials)
- Round to the nearest $25, for example:
- 3-hour training - $575 + supplies
- 6-hour training - $1000 + supplies
To request this course in your area, contact us.
People who took this course say:
"My position works part indirect, part direct with kids—content was useful for both!"
"I was very excited and invigorated by the content of the session and found readings very helpful. I’ve also used handouts/resources for my own staff trainings."
"Content is outstanding. I really like the research citations that root youth workers' intuitive knowledge in the world of evaluation, 'accountability', and program proposals."