ERIC Number: ED356355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-13
Report on the Consultation on Professional Development of Youthworkers (March 1991).
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Washington, DC.
Twenty-two key professionals were invited to submit written comments and to attend a 1-day consultation designed to identify strategies for expanding the availability and quality of training for youth workers. Participants responded in writing in advance of the meeting to three sets of questions: type of people involved in youth work and challenges organizations face in building a pool of expert youth development workers, training of youth workers, and strategies to expand training availability and quality. The consultation itself was divided into four segments: (1) participants' identification of the two most important points made in their written comments; (2) a large group discussion of ways to promote youth work as a career rather than a job; (3) small groups' identification and reports on strategies to enhance the professional development of volunteers in youth work and to strengthen preservice and inservice education programs for youth workers; and (4) participants' listing of their three top recommendations. Among the top 10 strategies were the following: expand availability of training, develop collaborative approaches to inservice training, reexamine existing levels of preservice training, create communication and networking mechanisms, develop standards for entry into and progression within the field, and develop public information networks. (Appendixes include a participant list, proposed definitions of key terms, and suggested knowledge base for youth workers.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adult Education, Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Human Services, Inservice Education, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Social Workers, Teacher Education, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteer Training, Youth Agencies
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Washington, DC.