ERIC Number: ED480443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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BEST Strengthens Youth Worker Practice: An Evaluation of Building Exemplary Systems for Training Youth Workers (BEST). Report.
The BEST (Building Exemplary Systems for Training) Initiative was evaluated in meeting the following goals for youth workers: (1) increase and strengthen training opportunities at the local level; (2) help communities develop professional development systems; (3) build local capacity to make training accessible and supported by youth-serving organizations; (4) employ facilitators from the youth-serving sector; (5) promote sensitivity to the culture of the youth population; (6) create connections with career ladders within the field of youth development; (7) foster professional associations, certificates/degrees through higher education institutions, and recognition programs; and (8) institutionalize supports for professional development as part of a community's efforts to help young people reach their full potential. Data gathered from 1999-2001 from 15 BEST Initiative sites demonstrates that the program is effective both as a strategy and as a model for building a system of professional development services and supports to youth workers, and resulted in the following conclusions: (1) professional development must be embedded in the local youth-serving sector; (2) a common language and strong networks for information sharing are keys to supporting youth workers; (3) youth workers must have support and a commitment to youth development from organizations as a whole to implement effective programming; (4) professional development must be continuous and provide a range of opportunities; and (5) building organizational capacity to support youth workers helps improve retention. (Appendices include contact information, an evaluation methodology, and an AYD (Advancing Youth Development) curriculum. Includes 5 graphs and 8 tables.) (MO)
Descriptors: Certification, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Curriculum, Educational Opportunities, Inservice Education, Job Training, Labor Turnover, Organizational Climate, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Staff Development, Youth Agencies, Youth Programs
National Training Institute for Community Youth Work, Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009 ($30).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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