FY20 – Youth Development Training

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Primary contact: Hillary Lennox
Filed under: Facility Management
Where: Harpers Ferry, WV
Jan 27 - 31, 2020


Do you currently work with youth in your projects or programs? Would you like to hone your existing skills leading youth? This three part series (2 webinars and a week-long workshop) will introduce the knowledge, skills, techniques, and abilities needed for effectively working with youth. It is important to note that this training will not cover the nuts and bolts of how to run a NPS youth program – it will cover knowledge, methods, and strategies to be successful in working with youth and how to approach this work within your job.

Date/location Options:

  1.  January 27 – 31, 2020 in Harpers Ferry, WV – This includes a pre-webinar January 14, 2020, and a post-webinar February 11, 2020. Travel days will be Sunday/Saturday – the training is five full days.
  2. March 16 – 20, 2020 in Boulder City, NV – This includes a pre-webinar February 27, 2020 and a post-webinar March 31, 2020. Travel days will be Sunday/Saturday – the training is five full days.

Learning Objectives

Topics covered include:

  • An introduction/Definition of Youth Development approach
  • Positive Youth Outcomes and Services, Opportunities, and Supports
  • Making Practice Count: Opportunities and Development
  • Cultural Competency: Our Ladders and Values
  • Adultism and Youth Participation
  • Building and Managing Healthy Individual and Group Relationships
  • Community and Core Competencies: The Professional Youth Worker
  • Competency Integration

After the successful completion of the week-long onsite training, participants will receive a Youth Worker certificate, as well as credit in DOI Talent.


You can select your preferred location in the application form. The March dates will not appear in the drop down list when selecting the brown Register Now button; however, you can still apply for the March dates in the Google form.

Training Audience

Field-level staff who regularly interact with, employ, and/or develop youth (ages 30 and under) as a part of their job. We know that many of you were on the waitlist from the last time this training was held - if you would like to attend, please fill out the application form regardless, as many peoples' positions/jobs/parks have changed. (And we need to know which date you would prefer!)

Training Cost

No tuition! Travel and per diem are paid by your park/office. Limited travel scholarships may be available.

Background on Training

The training will be conducted in partnership with Health Resources in Action and NPS. Health Resources in Action operates the BEST (Building Exemplary Systems for Training) Initiative, which provides professional skills training and a unique credentialing system for youth workers and their supervisors. The BEST Youth Worker Certificate (YWC) Training began in 1999 to serve youth work professionals, originally in the Boston area, and to provide a certificate in the positive youth development approach. The youth development approach, which is research-based, is defined as the “ongoing growth process in which all youth are engaged in attempting to meet their basic personal and social needs to be safe, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spiritually grounded, and to build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute in their daily lives.”

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