youth worker training

November 2018

Dear Youth Workers/Youth Serving Agencies:

Clark University and the HOPE Coalition are very pleased to announce that it will be holding the 15th Annual Youth Worker Training Institute (YWTI) beginning this January!

Quality youth work depends on a committed, well-trained workforce, especially on the front lines with young people. Organizations that are committed to the professional development of direct-service staff have a higher level of staff morale, a higher commitment the organization, and lower turnover rates.

The Youth Worker Training Institute is a 15-week comprehensive and meaningful professional development opportunity for youth workers. Staff will gain knowledge about positive youth development, build skills in program planning and implementation, learn more about the roles and responsibilities of youth workers, and develop a common understanding of the youth development approaches and local resources. Each session includes networking and resource sharing among the group.

There are a limited number of participant slots for this training. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Clark University. 

The training sessions will be held every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 AM starting January 14th, 2019 and ending April 29th, 2019 (excluding noted holiday observances). The sessions will be held at the Boys & Girls Club each week.  Please identify staff you would like to send to the Institute and use this link to register your staff by November 30th, 2018: Youth Worker Application.

To learn more about Clark University’s Youth Work Practice offerings, please follow this link: Certificate in Youth Work Practice


For more information, contact Jennifer Safford at

or 774-289-1087

We look forward to hearing from you!



Jennifer Safford-Farquharson, M.Ed.

Course Instructor

Clark University

Laurie Ross, PhD

Youth Work Practice Professional Certificate Program Coordinator

Clark University