Fee for Service

Turning the Tables on Continuing Education

Y.O.U.T.H. TRAINING PROJECT trains current and former foster youth to deliver first-rate training to child welfare professionals. Our youth trainers draw from their experiences as consumers of the child welfare system to offer you a unique perspective on working effectively with transition-age youth. We have delivered training to child welfare professionals from Hawaii to Kentucky, and offer fee-for-service training when grant funding is not available.

Our training modules can be combined to produce either a half-day (3-4 hours) or full-day (6-7 hours) training program.

For more information about bringing the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project to your organization, email us.

Training Modules

Extended Foster Care/After 18 
In this training, participants will learn from the youth perspective how AB 12 can change the world. Youth share how to best introduce TAY (transition age youth) to AB 12 and how to empower them to utilize this resource to transform their lives.

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back
In this training, participants will gain a richer understanding about serving youth in group home care and the juvenile justice system. They will learn the value of including youth in their case planning by gaining knowledge and empathy for the experiences that lead youth to behaviors that stigmatize themselves and often bewilder adults.
(60 minutes)

Restorative Circles
In this training, participants learn and apply the philosophy and practice of “restorative justice” as an alternative to the traditional “consequence/punishment” model for responding to negative or criminal behavior of foster youth.
(60 minutes)

Understand Me Entirely
In this training, participants will learn to identify four domains of successful adolescent development and understand how grief, loss, and attachment wounds can lead to youths’ “challenging behavior.” Participants will emerge with deeper insight into youth experience and motivation, moving beyond a diagnosis-based strategy.
(60 minutes)

Crisis Consensus
Youth welfare workers will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations by understanding how to differentiate between a “crisis” borne from lack of tolerance for normal teenage behavior, and when a youth is actually “in crisis” – the result of a significant event, such as the death of a loved one or a family of origin crisis. Participants will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations, and choose responses that will best support the youth with the least disruption to their lives.
(80 minutes)

Independent Living Plan Readiness
Participants will be encouraged to teach youth independence skills at all ages and stages of development, rather than looking at ILP readiness as a specific point in a youth’s life. Participants will also learn how to help youth gain the specific skills they need for independence.
(60 minutes)

Pooling Resources: Positive Youth Development
Participants will develop an understanding of positive youth development and its importance to any work with transition-age youth. The participants will be introduced to specific practices that support positive youth development, as well as to resources in the community that can help support the practice of positive youth development.
(80 minutes)

Crisis Consensus
Youth welfare workers will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations by understanding how to differentiate between a “crisis” borne from lack of tolerance for normal teenage behavior, and when a youth is actually “in crisis” as a result of a significant event, such as the death of a loved one or a family of origin crisis. Participants will learn to evaluate and respond to crisis situations, and choose responses that will best support the youth with the least disruption to their lives.
(80 minutes)

Independent Living Plan Readiness
Participants will be encouraged to teach youth independence skills at all ages and stages of development, rather than looking at ILP readiness as a specific point in a youth’s life. Participants will also learn how to help youth gain the skills they need for independence.
(60 minutes)

Pooling Resources: Positive Youth Development
Participants will develop an understanding of positive youth development and its importance to any work with transition-age youth. The participants will be introduced to specific practices that support positive youth development, as well as to identify resources in the community that can help to support the practice of positive youth development.
(80 minutes)