Welcome to The Academy for Competent Youth Work!

At the Academy for Competent Youth Work our heroes and heroines are those who spend their lives working with children and youth and those who manage and oversee programming for children and youth. For over a decade, we have been involved in the transformation of Child and Youth Care Work and in guiding individuals and agencies to excellent practice. We want to help you and your agency succeed in providing excellence.

We developed the CYC: Basic Course, and have trained over 1800 youth workers across the United States.  We have collaborated with Youth Workers around the globe to improve services and outcomes for children and youth. Most recently we worked with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Resource Center for Youth Services to develop the Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Adolescent Health and Well-being curriculum. In 2015 we launched the blended on-line and live CYC: Foundations Course.

We support Child and Youth Workers in every area of practice, from child welfare to education to out-of-school to community-based youth serving programs.

We look forward to working with you to improve your service to children and youth.

International CYC Movement Video

Academy Leadership and Trainers have been involved for many years in the International CYC Movement.  This video explains, and gives some insight into the power and importance of the evolution of this exciting profession.

We are honored to have Frank Eckles and other Academy Senior Trainers so prominently featured in this important video.

Latest News

Sticker Shock Article

We often define insanity as doing the same things over and over while expecting a different result.  Long term incarceration of juvenile offenders has many studies and years of experience showing that it doesn’t rehabilitate, but actually increases adult crime.  Here is an excellent study about how much it costs to maintain the status quo.…


The Center for the Study of Social Policy “Training for Trainers” Review (Posted in Brevard Family Partnership Newsletter)

The Center for the Study of Social Policy “Training for Trainers” Review OCTOBER 13, 2014 The Center For Study of Social Policy (CSSP) recently introduced their Training for Trainers Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-being curriculum to a cross sector of twenty professionals from community partners, providers and BFP staff. …