ERIC Number: ED472609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Workers Cite Funding as Top Concern. Issue Brief, Fall 2002.
Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
Indiana's youth workers are highly motivated, well-educated, experienced, and satisfied with their jobs. They cite these three top challenges of their jobs: funds, family support, and sufficient staff to share time-consuming duties. Researchers cite these key components to develop first-rate programs that meet youth needs: low staff-student ratio, strong involvement of families, effective partnerships within the community, and high-quality staff members. The Indiana Youth Institute has resources for the following: (1) to help youth workers raise funds and increase salaries by providing relevant training, grants for continuing education, and professional consultation in nonprofit management, fund raising, program evaluation, and technology; (2) to expand efforts to educate parents and community members about benefits of healthy youth development and importance of adult involvement in children's lives; and (3) to alleviate youth workers' workload by providing information, resources, and training to help them work more efficiently. Next steps to improvement are to create more training and technical assistance opportunities to enhance the effectiveness and boost the confidence of youth workers; provide training in software applications and Internet use, and technical assistance geared to each organization's unique technology challenges; improve benefit packages for youth workers; and find new ways to educate parents about the value of youth programming and how it can be enhanced by their willingness to collaborate and participate. (YLB)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Community Programs, Counseling, Employee Attitudes, Financial Needs, Fringe Benefits, Fund Raising, Internet, Marketing, Needs Assessment, Nonprofit Organizations, Parent Participation, Professional Continuing Education, Program Administration, Program Budgeting, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Relations, Quality of Working Life, Social Work, Social Workers, State Programs, Training, Youth, Youth Agencies, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.iyi.org/pdf/00000113.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana