Program Development

Creating Youth Programs that Work

The Y.O.U.T.H Training Project (YTP) offers Technical Assistance for organizations that want to develop or expand programming, led or co-led by youth. With more than ten years of experience as a youth training program – conceived and run by current and former foster youth – we know how to develop, pilot, modify, and build capacity for youth programs. And we don’t stop there; we work closely with you to ensure that your programs not only support empowered youth, but also bring about changes in the child welfare system.

We offer a variety of technical assistance services for program development:

  • Program concept
  • Focus groups and concept testing
  • Training for staff and volunteers
  • Best practices in working with diverse youth consumers:
    • Youth identified as mental health consumers
    • Youth involved in the criminal justice system
    • Homeless youth
    • High school students
    • College-age students
    • Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer youth
  • Developing and maintaining successful youth empowerment programs
  • Developing and supporting successful youth employment programs
  • Creating successful wellness programs

 To discuss your program development needs, email us.

Case Study – With funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, YTP presented a Wellness workshop for Zellerbach grantees on how to incorporate wellness into youth programs—from eating healthy food to providing adequate professional skills support. Due to poverty, trauma, and poor health care, foster youth are more likely to have less physical and mental health than other youth, so wellness programming is critical to the success of any program working with youth.