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Advancing Youth Development:  A Curriculum for Training Youth Workers


The Advancing Youth Development (AYD) curriculum was developed by the center for Youth Development and Policy research, in Washington, DC, and sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It was written in collaboration with National Network for Youth, Inc. and is designed for direct service youth workers.

AYD is a youth development philosophy that provides a powerful shift from a focus on youth as problems and deficits toward a view of young people as resources with strengths and contributions. Youth workers learn from the best thinking in the youth development field, share promising approaches, and discuss the values and principles which guide the youth worker.

AYD training will allow youth workers to obtain skills to match the critical challenges of youth development. The 2 day curriculum includes:

Session 1: Introduction to the Youth Development Approach

Session 2: Developmental Youth Outcomes: the Bottom line of Youth Workers

Session 3: Cultural Assumptions and Stereotypes About Young People: From Adultism to Caring Adults.

Session 4: Strategies of Youth Participation

Session 5: Opportunities and Supports for Youth Development: Identifying Best Program Practices

Session 6: Core Competencies of Youth Workers

Session 7: Review and Practice