Youth Work Matters Online: Self-study

Regardless of the type of youth –serving organization, Youth Work Matters: a self-study provides a foundational, research-based youth development training opportunity for staff and volunteers.  Within each module are several lessons made up of interactive presentations.  At the end of each module, participants can participate in a “Knowledge Check” by answering questions about key information presented in that module.  

The Modules are:
Module 1:  Fundamentals
Introduces the concepts of basic youth needs, a positive youth development approach, elements of successful program, risk and protective factors and an ecological model of youth development.  It is the longest of the three modules.

Module 2:  Caring Adults
This module explores the important roles that adults play in young people’s lives.  It addresses characteristics of good youth workers, the actions that adults can take to make a positive difference in young people’s lives, the dynamics of youth-adult partnerships, the responsibilities and influence of group leaders, and boundaries and ethics in work with young people.

Module 3:  Quality Programs
The final module of this course looks at the characteristics of high-quality youth development programs, including whether they are youth-centered, meet young people’s needs, are sensitive to youths’ developmental stages and use an experiential learning model.

How it works:

·         Go at your own pace (without a facilitator) through four modules that take about 30 minutes each. Additional time spent on application activities will vary.

·         Learn on your own time. Unlimited 24-hour web access to the self-guided curriculum for 90 days from registration date.

·         Videos and activities help you take concrete ideas back to your program for use every day.

·         Certificate for completing 4-hour training available at the end of the course.

Technical requirements:

·         High-speed internet access

·         Current version of Flash Player

·         Computer speakers

·         Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser