This three-session series is designed to provide a framework for youth work based on research and best/promising practices. The course 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.
Participants who successfully complete the course and the associated course assessment will be awarded a digital badge in “Youth Work Practices.” 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 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 competencies include:
- 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.
This series has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education PD and Step Up To Quality.