A well-trained staff is essential to good outcomes for clients and a stable, productive workforce. It is also expected by state and federal funders who want to know that your organization is keeping current in evidence-based and informed practices. Youth Catalytics provides a wide range of organizational development and practice trainings, all customizable. Our most popular trainings are listed below. Don't see what you need? Contact Youth Catalytics Training Director Cindy Carraway-Wilson to discuss other options.    

Developing and Maintaining Volunteer Programs

Based on our toolkit The Hidden Workforce, this training takes individuals through a structured process of understanding the steps necessary to build and maintain a successful volunteer program. Participants think through their organizational culture related to the use of volunteers, and explore the various roles volunteers can play within their organization. We move through the process of getting......More

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster can strike in many forms in any area of the country as the result of a water main break, a sewage problem, a fire or some other disaster. Regardless of the cause, your organization should be prepared. In fact, federally funded programs for youth are now required to detail their plans in program applications. Using FYSB's Ready For Anything manual and FEMA's guidebook as a foundation, this......More

Ethics and Professional Codes

Through the use of fun, interactive activities, discussion and information-sharing, participants in this training delve into the ethics of child and youth care. Training includes exploring ethical responsibilities to ourselves, our clients, our employers, the profession and society. Case scenarios help participants practice decision-making using established ethical codes, with particular emphasis on......More

Grant Prospecting

If you don’t choose the right funder, it doesn’t matter how worthy your program is – you’ll be turned down. Learn techniques for researching public and private grantmakers using print and electronic sources, including the Internet. More importantly, learn how to separate grantmakers that only look promising on paper from those that are real prospects....More

Group Facilitation Methods

In most organizations, professionals meet and plan constantly, but often with few real results. Decisions get made, but then nothing happens. Timelines and plans fall apart and no one is exactly sure why. Sound familiar? Youth Catalytics staff and consultants are certified trainers in the Art of Facilitation, a two-day intensive training that introduces the Technologies of Facilitation methods developed......More

ImProve Outcomes: Measuring What Matters Most in Child and Youth Services

Doug Tanner conducting an 'Evaluation 101' training. Youth-serving agencies, already overwhelmed by the demands of day-to-day operations, are facing mounting pressure to demonstrate that their programs really do make a difference for young people at risk. In today’s climate of dwindling funding and increasing scrutiny, data......More

Managing Staff Stress, Burn-out and Vicarious Trauma

This training focuses on 'care for the caregiver' and the causes and impact of stress, burn-out and vicarious trauma on staff and clients. Self-exploration, reflection, small group activities and discussion allow participants to understand current levels of stress, identify personal causes and practice various methods of stress management such as visualization, progressive relaxation, exercise and......More

Mindful Classrooms, Developing Minds

Schools are under a great deal of pressure, both socially and politically, to improve student outcomes, and to do so while meeting the needs of a diverse array of students. One new approach that has attracted considerable attention in the last few years is mindfulness. Mindfulness practices in schools are a potent means of advancing social-emotional wellness – the spectrum of knowledge, attitudes......More

Moving Beyond the Trauma: Applying Trauma-Informed Approaches to Work with Youth

High percentages of young people have experienced abuse or neglect, domestic violence and violence in their communities. Such experiences are particularly common for youth in state foster care and juvenile justice systems, and for young people in special-education and behavioral health settings. Since we don't always know individual trauma histories for the young people in our care, using a trauma-informed......More

OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees Training Materials & Resources

We're pleased to make available an array of original materials developed for Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees through June 30, 2017. Scroll down to find training PowerPoints and handouts, Q&As, blog posts, podcasts and videos, many of them applicable to any nonprofit working with young people. MESSAGES THAT MATTER NATIONAL TRAINING The materials below were presented......More

Positive Youth Development

Youth development is an ongoing process by which youth gain the personal, social, academic and citizenship competencies necessary for successful adolescence and adult life. A Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework has been the basis of state and federal programming for youth-serving agencies since the 1990's and all professional youth workers should have a solid understanding of it. Our training......More

Program Evaluation

In today’s competitive human services sector, agencies and programs must name the precise outcomes they expect to achieve, and explain how they know they do in fact achieve them. Agencies with strong evaluation strategies can use data to consistently improve their programming and will have a strong advantage in funding competitions....More

Sexual Diversity Sensitivity Training

Our training about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth focuses on creating safer, more inclusive environments in which to serve young people. These highly customizable trainings generally take place in two half-day sessions but can also be expanded to two full days. The '101' version provides an overview of issues faced by LGBTQ youth as well as ways to communicate......More

Strengths-based Supervision

Organizations that embrace a positive youth development approach within their programs must extend the framework to include staff in order to model effective partnership and collaboration. Participants in this training will learn how to view every aspect of work as an opportunity for learning and how to support staff in developing professionally. The training addresses how to respond to staff performance......More

TPP Resources and Materials

Below are materials developed for Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees through June 30, 2017. MESSAGES THAT MATTER NATIONAL TRAINING The materials below were presented at Messages that Matter: Storytelling and Communicating for Impact, a training conducted March 29-30, 2017 for Office of Adolescent Health TPP grantees. Feel free to download! Scroll down to see the three......More

Youth Leadership

On a ropes course at a training in Vermont. This four-and-a-half hour training addresses a variety of leadership styles and involves exploring personal beliefs and ideas about leadership and qualities of leaders that participants know. Youth examine youth-adult partnerships, how they function and the best ways to develop and......More