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COLLEGE CREDENTIALING FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS EBB SYMPOSIUM 2016 CALL TO QUALITY March 15, 2016
Agenda Introductions Some Background Initial Steps into a Credit Offering Next Steps for the Pathway Questions and Feedback
Introductions Deb Poese, Director, School of Education, Montgomery College Dr. Robin Goldstein, Faculty, Psychology and instructor for Introduction to Youth Development Gabbie Krivonak, Assistant Chef with the Young Chefs afterschool program in Montgomery County
Introductions What about you? Youth Development front line worker Out-of-School-Time (OST) Program Administrator County/Community Agency Personnel MCPS or Montgomery College Staff Other?
A little bit of background… Montgomery College/Collaboration Council partnership Other college/university models City University of New York (CUNY) Youth Studies certificate Palm Beach State University (FL) Youth Development track in Associates Degree in Human Services Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City) UDC-CC Certificate in General Education (OST)
A Starting Point First course, EDUC 160 X, Intro to Youth Development, offered in Spring 2014 Scholarships available for students to take the first course with support from the Pollinger Foundation Parallel with the roll-out of the Core Competencies For Youth Development Practitioners document through Excel Beyond the Bell
A Starting Point This course provides a background on historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives on youth development and youth work. Topics for this course include developing a professional awareness of youth work; identifying and distinguishing between asset building models and deficit based models with a focus on positive youth development; and an overview of youth work professional issues, with emphasis on ethics, values and professionalism. This course provides you with the principles of youth development that are necessary when working in programs serving youth.
A Starting Point Dr. Robin Goldstein, Faculty, Psychology and instructor for Introduction to Youth Development Feedback from students…
A New Course… Second course, EDUC 250 X, Principles and Best Practices in Youth Development, offered in Spring 2015 Strong focus on identifying resources and program design and creation Taught by EBB’s own Lynn Sobolov!
A New Course… This course provides the background necessary to design and implement a quality, developmentally out-of-school time program for children and youth. Topics include designing and maintaining safe learning environments, effective communication with family about program activities, community resources and services, utilizing best practices in experiential learning for youth, planning and implementing effective teaching strategies to meet individual needs, analyzing data for continuous program improvement, current standards and regulations in school age care and out-ofschool time programs, and strategic program planning.
A New Course… Scholarships again were available for students with support from the Pollinger Foundation Capstone projects from the course: Theater Program for ESL populations Anti-Bullying program
Lessons Learned… Content differences need more clarity Funding helps! Having a framework to use the courses matters… Other thoughts so far? ?
What’s Next? Practicum Course (in approval process) Course provides a continuous fieldwork experience in youth development for practitioners or program leaders. Students work with a youth development program, supervised by the instructor and appropriate personnel in the program. The seminar on campus provides an opportunity for the students to discuss concepts of working in a helping relationship; to verbalize and to learn to handle their feelings about the work experience; and to continue the study and applications of youth development skills and program development concepts.
What’s Next? Certificate in Youth Development (in approval process) Consists of three Youth Development courses, PLUS ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing COMM 108 Introduction to Communication PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology NUTR 101 Introduction to Nutrition
Words from a Practitioner… Gabbie Krivonak, Assistant Chef Young Chefs afterschool program in Montgomery County
Words from a Practitioner… My Background Course Work EDU 160 EDU 250
Benefits Prepares Youth Development Practitioners to handle youth interactions more effectively Adds advanced tools and techniques to our tool box Builds confidence Recognizes youth development work as a profession Significantly increases our knowledge of best practices in our field
Career Pathways Goal: That the certificate will also start undergraduates on a pathway under the new General Studies Associate of Arts: Studies in Social Sciences, Administration, and Health Transfer options include: Social Work (UMBC at Universities at Shady Grove) Psychology (UMBC at Universities at Shady Grove) Family & Human Services/Children & Youth (Towson) Recreation/Community Programming (Frostburg)
What other questions do you have? What ideas would you like to share?
Contact me: debra. [email protected] edu 240 -567 -7269