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  Dec 17, 2017
 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Youth Work Practice Certificate Program


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Youth Work Practice Certificate Program Overview


Whether leading a youth development organization, managing youth programs, or working at the frontlines with young people, a youth worker puts young people’s wellbeing at the center of her/his efforts. Youth work is about building trust-filled, mutually respectful relationships with young people and helping them to develop knowledge, skills, and a sense of purpose. Youth workers create safe environments for young people and guide those harmed by oppressive community conditions such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism through a process of healing and building resilience. Youth workers connect with young people that other individuals and institutions have failed to engage.
Clark University’s Certificate in Youth Work Practice honors this important profession and is committed to building this field by integrating foundational and cutting edge youth development theories with authentic youth work practice. Our program has been co-created with local youth workers. Learning, teaching and action happen in the context of a Community of Practice (CoP) consisting of Clark faculty directly engaged in youth work, alongside aspiring, novice, and experienced youth workers.

 

Youth Work Practice Certificate Requirements


With different types of students entering the program (undergrads, graduate students, accelerated master’s students, and youth workers) we realize that the course of study has to be flexible. Yet, we are committed to the formation of communities of practice and the development of a collective professional identity among students in the program. To this end, all students enroll in Youth Work: Everyday Practice and Social Justice in their first semester. Students will also enroll in the Reflection and Deliberate seminar in the second seven weeks of the first semester.

Core Faculty in the Program of Youth Work Practice


Jeffrey Arnett, Psychology
David Bell, International Development and Social Change
Katerine Bielaczyc, Hiatt Center for Urban Education
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Community Development and Planning
Nigel Brissett, International Development and Social Change
Eric DeMeulenaere, Education
Sarah Michaels, Education and Communication and Culture
Seana Moran, Psychology
Ousmane Power-Greene, History
Laurie Ross, Community Development and Planning
 

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