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Is There Common Ground?



The National Collaboration for Youth, Search Institute and American Camp Association have been exploring whether there is common ground between how we might prepare youth workers that work in faith-based and youth development organizations.  What has emerged is a remarkable degree of alignment around many professional development priorities with important exceptions that leave room for unique accents and learning across differences.  And, though there is widespread interest in collaborative learning across sectors, there are also significant barriers, ranging from priorities for youth workers, and most significantly, mistrust and misunderstanding across the sectors.  Is There Common Ground shares the learning from two web-based surveys, a series focus groups and a two-day consultation of thought leaders and recommendations for work that can be dome going forward.

Click on the below link to download the full report.

Is There Common Ground?  (Full Report)

Click on the below links to download each section of the report.


Executive Summary and Introduction

Youth Worker Preparation:

Priorities and Opportunities for Cross-Sector Learning

Seeking Common Ground:

Interests, Challenges, and Opportunities

Recommendations for Moving Forward

Framework for Moral and Spiritual Development &

Preliminary Reading List for Youth Workers


A.  Youth Worker Survey

B.  NCY's Youth Development Worker Competencies

C.  Youth Worker Survey:  Methods, Sample, and Detailed Findings

D.  Camp Leader Survey:  Summary Report

E.  Focus Groups:  Methods, Sample, and Detailed Findings

F.  National Consultation:  Overview and Participants


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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