Professional Development of Youth Service Professionals: Why Professional Development?

Youth service professionals, including intake workers, case managers, job developers, teachers, transition coordinators, counselors, youth development group leaders, and independent living specialists, are often the first contact or 'face' of the workforce development system. They play an important role in connecting all youth to workforce preparation opportunities and support. This InfoBrief identifies the benefits of investing in professional development of youth service professionals, including a five-step plan for policymakers interested in supporting professional development of youth service professionals. The core competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) of youth service professionals are also defined.

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