This publication provides information on the Youth Development Credential. The Credential
is an opportunity for adults working with school-age children to gain professional
recognition for demonstrating their competence and knowledge as they work in youth
serving programs. The Missouri School Age Community Coalition (MOSAC2) has developed
the Youth Development Credential.
The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready
by 2™ - ready for college, work and life. This goal requires that young people have
the supports, opportunities and services needed to prosper and contribute where they
live, learn, work, play and make a difference.
The Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, technical assistance,
training, network support and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality
and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement.
The Missouri School Age Community Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports
and unifies professionals in providing quality out-of-school programs.
Our Mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high
quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours.
NIOST believes that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of
children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society.
Our work bridges the worlds of research and practice.
It is our mission to be the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated
to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school
hours. The National AfterSchool Association is the only national professional association
for the afterschool field. With over 9,000 members and 36 state affiliate organizations,
NAA represents the voice of the afterschool field in the areas of professional development,
program quality, public policy and current issues affecting children and youth in
their out of school time.
NAA's membership includes practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and administrators
representing all public, private, faith-based, school-based and community-based sectors.
NAA's members work in school age child care programs, 21st Century Community Learning
Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA's, 4H, Parks and Recreation Departments, and other
before school, after school and summer programs.
Providing assistance, training, and tools to help state and local practitioners develop
high-quality, balanced programming to engage student learning.
National Youth Development Information Center is a one-stop website for youth workers
with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research,
policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth
development field and has one of the largest online libraries, providing practice-related
information at low-cost or no cost. NYDIC provides constant opportunities for practitioners
to share knowledge and experience, enabling them to build the best practice in the
field of youth development. NYDIC is an initiative of the National Collaboration for
The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition brings together individuals and organizations
dedicated to developing a strong, diverse after-school and youth development workforce
that is stable, prepared, supported and committed to the well-being and empowerment
of children and youth. We believe that this entails progress in at least five key
areas: standards and competencies; professional development and training resources;
learning delivery systems; career ladders and compensation guidelines; and research
and evaluation systems. The primary role the Coalition is to inform and support ongoing
discussions about the public policy, institutional, organizational and individual
changes needed to create a stable, prepared, supported workforce. The Next Gen Coalition
is supported by Cornerstones for Kids, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and
the Lilly Endowment.
The OPEN Initiative is an "umbrella" under which many career development efforts occur.
OPEN's primary focus is the development and implementation of a career development
system for early childhood and school-age/after-school professionals.
Search for promising practices in afterschool from around the country. Share your
practices to help build the afterschool field.
School-Age Notes is a publisher and retailer of books, videos, DVDs, music CDs and
other resources for after-school professionals and after-school programs and summer
programs geared to school-age children. Science and math enrichment, literacy, curriculum
planning, staff training, discipline, summer programs, arts and crafts, fitness, games,
cooking, drama, multicultural activities and many more topics are covered in resources
available for order from School-Age Notes.
Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets® are concrete, common sense, positive experiences
and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the
power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and
help them become caring, responsible adults.
- Youth Friends