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Professional Development Series


Any organization's ability to make a difference in a young person's life is dependent upon the people in that organization. Success requires dedicated, skilled and creative people able to lead organizations, and manage and implement high-quality programs. The Professional Development Series will survey youth development professionals and promote their promising strategies for investing in this work force.

The National Youth Development Learning Network Project will publish (online) a Professional Development Series that explores the promising strategies in youth development designed to further attract, develop and retain youth development workers. The publications are short, 4 page snapshots of work being done in the following areas:


Published Newsletter Topics:

Exploring Common Ground

Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth

Professional Development Standards

Recognition and Rewards



Professional Associations

Certificates, Credentials, Degrees

Mentoring Youth Workers

Blended Learning (E-learning and Classroom Learning)

Recruitment and Selection



This Professional Development Series is done in such a way that if you copy and keep them together you will have a glance at some of the key issues and promising practices in attracting, developing and retaining high-quality youth development workers.

To view all National Collaboration for Youth publications, click here.

NYDIC was developed with support from DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Inc. through a partnership with the Indiana Youth Institute and other generous funding.

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