NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS INSTITUTE (YDPI)
The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) announces the National Youth Development Practitioners Institute (YDPI), formerly known as the Youth Opportunity Grants Leadership Institute, to assist the U.S. Department of Labor's Youth Opportunity Grants (YOG) and Youth Offender Demonstration (YOD) sites with developing their programs.
The Youth Opportunity Grants (YOG) were authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The current Youth Opportunity Grants and Youth Offender Demonstration sites offer a greater chance to build improved systems for serving our nation’s youth. NPCL's YDPI goals are to offer training based on best practices in youth development and employment to create better opportunities for our nation's most vulnerable youth. We support the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration's philosophy of the "Power of E 3, education, employment and economic development."
What is the Mission of the Youth Development Practitioners Institute?
To offer youth practitioners, both newly employed and senior level staff, exposure to creative and promising best practices and models in youth development and employment from across the country for working with urban, rural and Native American youth.
Who is the Institute designed to serve?
Project Directors, Trainers, Case Managers, Youth Specialists and Job Developers from agencies who provide quality services and training to support the developmental needs of our nation's future workforce. In addition, the Institute's experience and training is available to other practitioners working with youth who wish to obtain classroom credits for participating in the Institute.
How does the Institute operate?
The Institute offers managers, technical and front-line staff exposure to week-long training in a variety of subjects, exposing participants to
creative and effective models and practices tested in the field by practitioners, in an effort to better serve the developmental needs of our nation's youth. Through a unique multi-level approach to skill development, mentoring and job shadowing, training is offered through three modalities:
- Week-long national classroom sessions.
- Site specific customized training through a "classroom on wheels."
- A "Virtual Learning" component, offering on-line services and webcasting.
The Institute is a unique and bountiful learning experience into the "world of youth development" that provides participants with the opportunity to share their experiences as well as learn from experts working directly on the "front lines." The Institute challenges participants to think creatively as our team of expert trainers introduce and reinforce a variety of approaches and models for providing desperately needed services to youth. The work of youth practitioners is the foundation that unites and ties together communities and families to build leaders for our future.
Did you know that you could earn course credits toward the U.S. Department of Labor's Youth Development Apprenticeship?
The Institute provides a maximum of 270 credit hours toward the Youth Development Apprenticeship certification. The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes the occupation of Youth Development Practitioner as an apprenticeship occupation. Therefore, this recognition provides quality training for youth workers as they deliver comprehensive services to young people.
The Institute features training in the following areas:
- Youth Development
- Youth Employment
- Job Development - New Senior Level
- Human Dynamics
- Tools for Case Managers
- Attitudinal Development
- Managerial Techniques
How can I get more information on the Institute?