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Youth Development Education

The Youth Development Education program provides community based organizations with research based curricula, resources and workshops to build the capacity of youth development programs in the areas of:

The staff development workshops are highly interactive and seek to link research with practice.  The Youth Development Education programs offer:

  • Workshops delivered within your community
  • Research based information
  • Interactive activities and practical tips
  • Resources
  • On-going technical assistance

Youth Development Education consists of hands-on professional development /or pedagogy in-service to develop the skills necessary to successfully work with clientele at your site. Costs for professional development is $30.00 per participant per session.

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Experiential Learning to Engage Youth in Programs
University of California (2005)

The Experiential Learning workshop series is designed in a sequence that scaffolds Experiential Learning concepts.  Each workshop ranges in length from two to three hours and provides participants with practical, real-world experiences to enhance their capacity by improving their understanding, application and evaluation of Experiential Learning. 

  • Workshop One: Understanding the Experiential Learning Cycle
  • Workshop Two: Inquiry-Based Learning and the Experiential Learning Cycle
  • Workshop Three: Developing and Adapting Curricula to Integrate Experiential Learning

 Experiential Learning Website http://www.experientiallearning.ucdavis.edu/default.shtml



Creating an Asset Rich Youth Development Program
Staff Development
Search Institute

This workshop will train staff on techniques and tools to make your youth development program an asset rich environment through the use of positive youth development messages, program development and experiences.



Ages and Stages of Youth Development
University of California (2008)

Engage in discussion and participatory activities on the developmental needs and  characteristics of young people, with an emphasis on developing age appropriate learning opportunities for your program.



Incorporating the Targeting Life Skills Model into your Youth Development Program
$30.00 material fee per participant
Iowa State University (1998)

The Targeting Life Skills program trains youth development professionals on how to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for young people to experience life skills, to practice them until they are learned, and be able to use them as necessary throughout a lifetime. Through the experiential learning process, youth internalize the knowledge and gain the ability to apply the skills appropriately.



Teenagers as Teachers: Twelve Essential Elements
University of California (2002)

This workshop is intended for educators, youth program planners and others who want to learn about how to develop cross-age teaching programs.  It is designed to share underlying principles, key ideas and effective practices in cross-age teaching programs. 



Understanding and Working with Different Leadership Styles
University of Illinois (1986)

This workshop allows participants an opportunity to explore and understand their own personal leadership style and how that impacts and influences how you work with others.


Tools of the Trade II: Inspiring Young Minds to be SET Ready for Life
Curriculum Cost: $20.00, plus shipping and sales tax
University of California (2009)

Tools of the Trade II is a staff development module that uses a train the trainer approach to deliver a comprehensive 21-hour training for afterschool program frontline staff and youth workers in incorporating science, engineering and technology (SET) into afterschool programming.

Children’s Gardens: A Field Guide for Teachers, Parents and Volunteers
Curriculum Cost: $10.00
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (1991)

This illustrated guide was designed to help children experience the excitement of planting a seed, watching it grow, and harvesting its fruit.  Covers all aspects of gardening: site preparation, garden tools and their use, selecting seeds, identifying and controlling pests safely, and harvesting garden produce. 

How to Begin a School Garden
Curriculum Cost: $50.00 (Script, audio tape and 53 slides)
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (1998)

Step-by-step ideas and suggestions on how to develop, plan and implement a school garden program.  Explore the relationship between nature and the community in a non-form setting.  

A School Garden Curriculum
Curriculum Cost: $67.00 (Script, audiotape and 74 slides)
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (1998)

Use the vegetable garden as a nature laboratory to show children the relationship between the community and the environment in this 12-week program.