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:
- Child and Youth Development: Knows the typical benchmarks of growth and development and uses this knowledge to provide a program that meets the multiple needs of youth.
- Learning Environments and Curriculum: Create a high quality learning environment and implements age appropriate curricula and program activities.
- Cultural Competency and Responsiveness: Actively promotes respect for the cultural diversity and creates an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces diversity.
- Youth Engagement: Acts on partnership with children and youth to foster appropriate child and youth leadership and voice.
- Program Planning and Development: Supports staff and serves as a role model around professional development plans by building healthy relationships with colleagues and families, providing developmentally appropriate practices, and connecting with and utilizing resources.
Intended Audience: program coordinators, front-line youth workers