Essentials of Youth Work

Digital Badge

Participants who successfully complete the workshop and the associated course assessment will be awarded a digital badge in “Essentials of Youth Work.” Once you earn a digital badge, you can feature it on your personal networking sites, opening doors to more career, education and lifelong learning opportunities.

This two-session workshop series (formerly titled "Youth Work Practices") is designed to provide a framework for youth work based on research and best/promising practices. The workshop emphasizes understanding youth and their development; including adolescent brain development, positive youth development, youth culture and generational differences. During course sessions, participants will learn new concepts and strategies and practice how to apply these in their work with youth.

This series aligns with core knowledge and competencies for youth work professionals that have been developed by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN).

The NAA core knowledge content areas addressed:

Intended Audience: program coordinators, front-line youth workers