Youth Catalytics conducts 8 to 10 live trainings each year, and offers a robust archive of on-demand webinars. Search below to find what you’re looking for.

On-Demand Webinars

Search below for pre-recorded webinars in fund development, organizational development, clinical practice, and community work.

Before You Write a Single Word: The Pre-Nup Checklist for Grantwriting

On-Demand Webinar

You've identified a prospect that seems like a match for your program, and now you are poised to begin writing your grant. But the difference between a winning and losing proposal may well hinge on what you do before you type that first word. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to screening grantmakers and organizing the grant, including steps to determine if the grantmaker is a stron...

Using Asset-mapping to Understand & Develop Your Community

On-Demand Webinar

Community asset-mapping is a process by which organizations or networks identify and make contact with other organizations, businesses, and institutions that offer any kind of program, service, or learning opportunity in the community. Information collected about each organization makes up the "asset map," which is a living and changing document, just as each community itself is a living and chang...

Building Collaborations that Work

On-Demand Webinar

There's no way to work effectively in your community without building and maintaining positive collaborations with other organizations. Yet there's nothing automatic about these partnerships: they take careful planning and a lot of work. This webinar focuses on the many ways that agencies can build collaborations in their communities, and examines common problems and solutions....

Developing a Major Gifts Program Part I: When Your Prince Doesn’t Come

On-Demand Webinar

(This is part one of a two-part series. While you are not required to register for both parts, we encourage you to do so.) Every nonprofit organization dreams of finding that rich benefactor who willingly donates millions of dollars to its cause. And for many of our agencies, that's the extent of our major donor thinking. And that's a shame — although the One Big Gift is highly unlikely to co...

Developing a Major Gifts Program Part 2: Ask Not? Why Not?

On-Demand Webinar

(This is part two of a two-part series. While you are not required to register for both parts, we encourage you to do so.) By far the most effective means of solicitation — ten times as effective as mail and five times as effective as a personal phone call by most estimates — is the personal solicitation. However, for many people, the art of the ask is also one of the most difficult skills ...

Extreme Grant Proposal: Present Your Program in a Whole New Way

On-Demand Webinar

In this webinar, participants will learn how to: Use the letter of inquiry to more effectively connect with a grant maker's guidelines and priorities. Transform disorganized proposals into logical, sequential and persuasive arguments for funding. Incorporate data and statistics to support (and not bury) your needs statement. Overcome stylistic challenges (such as writing too much or too ...

Researching Data at the Local Level

On-Demand Webinar

It's not glamorous, but it's probably the most important part of any grant: the data-based justication of the need for local funding. This webinar focuses on the "how-to" of research at the micro level. Included is a tour of census websites and many useful suggestions about local sources of information. The webinar will be useful to staff involved in strategic planning, grant writing and program d...

No More Hit or Miss: Creating a Fund Development Plan

On-Demand Webinar

Limit your "crisis fundraising" and increase your income through fund development planning. Ideal for managers, fund development staff, and board members, this one-hour webinar will introduce the basic steps in fund development planning and present tools and examples for taking this process into your own organization. Topics include: The importance of a diversified funding base Assessment of...

Ready, Set, Grantwrite! The Nuts & Bolts of Grantwriting

On-Demand Webinar

This webinar is designed as a basic introduction to grantwriting. Ready, Set, Grantwrite! addresses the essential components of successful grant proposals. Participants will come away with the basic how-to's, including: writing a compelling needs statement; defining clear goals and objectives; developing the methods, evaluation component, and budget; and putting the package together....

Down Economy, Up Revenue: Getting Creative to Raise Money in Hard Times

On-Demand Webinar

The nightly news is full of stories of people losing their jobs and their homes, and many fundraisers are hesitant to ask donors for contributions in these tough times. To make matters worse, foundations everywhere are curtailing funding, and analysts suggest that donations may not rebound for a few years. So what's a nonprofit to do? This webinar will provide specific how-to's and actionable step...

Precious Time Well Spent: Prospecting for Grants that Fit

On-Demand Webinar

If you don't choose the right grants to go for, your efforts will fail no matter how good your application is.  In 'Precious Time Well Spent,' participants will: Learn introductory techniques for researching foundations Learn techniques for researching corporate grants Learn techniques for researching government grants Identify sources of grant information including print and electronic...

Sustainability: What Happens After the Grant Runs Out

On-Demand Webinar

"How do you plan to fund the work after the grant period?" Grantmakers just love to ask this question, and grantwriters just love to find ways around it. Instinctively, we know that the truth — we have no idea! — is not going to win us any fans. So some of us gaze at this question and freeze. Others of us simply cut and paste a stock answer about proving our worth and move on. And others of us...

Motivational Interviewing Part I: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship

On-Demand Webinar

From our 2008-2009 Child Care and Youth Work Practice Series, 'Motivational Interviewing: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship Part I' helps participants: Understand the theory of Motivational Interviewing Learn how Motivational Interviewing supports behavior change in clients Understand how to implement the Motivational Interviewing technique in their work In Part II, participants...

Motivational Interviewing Part II: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship

On-Demand Webinar

In Part II of 'Motivational Interviewing,' participants: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the application of Motivational Interviewing skills in various scenarios Practice Motivational Interviewing skills with support and feedback from the facilitator and other participants ...

Inside the Boardroom: Nonprofit Governance 101

On-Demand Webinar

This interactive webinar on the fundamentals of nonprofit boards is designed to provide volunteer board members with an overview of the major building blocks of an effective board. Participants will review and discuss issues such as: Board roles and responsibilities Identification, recruitment and orientation of board members Board meetings and the use of committees The board's role in f...

Live Event

Nurturing Social Trust Through Meaningful Dialogue: Closing the Gap Between Us and Them
June 28, 2017
Portland, ME

This intensive professional development opportunity is part of the Summer Training Academy Pre-Conference sponsored by Bolster Collaborative, which immediately precedes The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth, the 2017 combined annual conference of the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI).

What will be included?

Social trust is an essential ingredient in safe and supportive communities, regardless of how “community” is defined. People are struggling to have conversations about difficult issues, and this stress has a profound effect on our individual and collective well-being. Studies exploring the effect of social trust and mistrust have found that in areas where people agree with the statement “Most people can be trusted” citizens have greater life satisfaction, happiness, and health. Children are not immune to these issues. This training explores what we can do to heal this divide and use it as a stepping stone to propel us forward as a nation that is a healthy, safe, and supportive environment for all of our people.

In this workshop, participants will:

  1. Explore the concept of social trust, its importance to creating safe and supportive environments in any setting, and assess personal levels of social trust.
  2. Learn and practice approaches to address our own social mistrust so we can use them with young people and peers.
  3. Learn a few short mindfulness practices to help participants experience emotions without being controlled by them.
  4. Practice having meaningful dialogue with others about personal perspectives in order to understand differing perspectives and bridge the gap between us and them.


Cindy Carraway-Wilson, Director of Training
Youth Catalytics

Cindy Carraway-Wilson has over 20 years of experience in the child, youth and family services field. She has extensive experience in program evaluation and outcome measurement, and trains on a variety of topics such as positive youth development, youth participation and asset building, and LGBTQ topics. Before coming to Youth Catalytics, she worked as a counselor and mental health therapist in Pennsylvania and at Kids in Crisis in Greenwich, CT. She is a member of the training cadre for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and a certified trainer from the Academy for Educational Development. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University, and lives in Maine with her husband and two Alaskan huskies.


Holiday Inn by the Bay
Portland, Maine

Registration & Fees

  • The Pre-Conference Summer Training Academy Registration Only – $199 (includes meals and materials)
  • The Maine Event Conference AND The Pre-Conference Summer Training Academy Combined Registrations – Early Bird: $375 / Regular Registration: $449 
  • Special Rate – To receive the coupon code for group of 5 or more, for students, or Americorp Members, contact Donna Duffey at (800) 294-4322 or

Register online at
Early bird rates apply through April 15.

For more information

Contact Cindy Carraway-Wilson at (207) 319-6009 or

Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development

Full Practitioner Training
May 1-4, 2017
Franklin Conference Center
1 Scale Avenue
Rutland, VT

Young people with histories of neglect or trauma need healthy relationships with adults to become successful adults themselves. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, helpers inadvertently make matters worse. We see the results of disconnection and breakdown all around us, in our communities and on the news: marginalized young people, sometimes in conflict with authority, just looking for a foothold in the world. Youth Thrive™ blends the most current neuroscience and trauma research with what we know about youth resiliency, and helps you use that knowledge to connect with young people in ways that promote healing and build cognitive pathways to social and emotional well-being.

This four-day intensive training is ideal for anyone working in residential, educational or community-based programs, services and supports for adolescents and their families, including:

  • Social service, out-of-school time and teen health providers
  • Alternative education staff and volunteers
  • Juvenile justice personnel
  • Parents, guardians and adult allies

The Trainers

Cindy Carraway-Wilson is director of training at Youth Catalytics, a Vermont-based nonprofit that works to create better communities for youth by improving the organizations and systems that work with them. Frank Eckles is a senior trainer at the  Academy for Competent Youth Work and developer of the Child and Youth Care Basic Course . See their bios here.

If you are interested in bringing this training to your organization or community please contact Cindy Carraway-Wilson at