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Youth Build Philly

New High School Vocational Program brings Students into Youth Work

What do you do when your Charter High School students want to become youth workers? That was the problem faced by Dannyelle Austin, Chief Program Officer at YouthBuild Philly. Their inner-city charter school was offering vocational training leading to jobs in early childhood education, but her students wanted more. How could they qualify for jobs in afterschool, employment, juvenile justice, mental health, and recreation programs geared for adolescents and young adults?

Youth Thrive Intensive Training: Promoting Thriving and Sexual Health in Juvenile Justice Settings

A special event in conjunction with the National Symposium on Juvenile Services DENVER Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2016 Concurrent to the National Symposium on Juvenile Services, the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) is pleased to offer a special 3-day learning opportunity, Youth ThriveTM Intensive Training: Promoting Thriving and Sexual Health in Juvenile Justice…

Youth Thrive Training Collaborative Formed

The Academy has joined with the Bolster Collaborative, Phillips Programs, and Youth Catalytics to form a national collaboration to help the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) implement its Youth ThriveTM Framework across the US.   The newly formed group, called the Youth Thrive Training Collaborative (YTTC), is pooling its expertise and community development…

Academy Launches the New CYC: FOUNDATIONS COURSE

In January 2016 the Academy announced the official launch of the new Child & Youth Care: Foundations Course.  The new course, based on the highly successful CYC: Basic Course, is a fully updated version that reduces the total in-class time by two days and incorporates newly developed on-line modules that allow the Ethics for CYC…

Thrive Training with Brevard Family Partnership

The Academy was recently mentioned in a review by the Brevard Family Partnership for the YouthThrive Training held there recently.  For the full review, go to We are very excited about being part of carrying this new Framework forward.