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New High School Vocational Program brings Students into Youth Work

Frank Eckles, Academy for Competent Youth Work

What do you do when your Charter High School students want to become youth workers? That was the problem faced by Dannyelle Austin, Chief Program Officer at YouthBuild Philly. Their inner-city charter school was offering vocational training leading to jobs in early childhood education, but her students wanted more. How could they qualify for jobs in afterschool, employment, juvenile justice, mental health, and recreation programs geared for adolescents and young adults?

After extensive research into available options, Ms. Austin approached the Academy for Competent Youth Work. Their Child and Youth Care: Foundations course is well known and widely used to help youth workers qualify for CYC Entry Level Certification. Students learn about the profession, relationship development, communication and counseling skills, brain-based guidance, developmental practices, and other fundamentals for entry level youth work practice. The course is strengths-based, asset focused, trauma informed, brain-based, diversity inclusive, relational, and evidence-informed. Best of all, it is based on CYC Certification competencies and requirements and has been shown to help graduates do well on the certification exam.

Ms. Austin and her staff conducted a survey of local youth work organizations. She asked them if students who had a CYC Certification would have a greater likelihood of being chosen for employment over others who didn’t have a certification. The overwhelming response was: of course. Why wouldn’t an employer be interested in hiring a person who had completed a skills-based youth work course of study and supervised field placement? Most employers have little opportunity to hire entry level workers who have ANY preparation for the work. This represented a significant improvement in the available workforce.

When Ms. Austin investigated the possibilities for getting YouthBuild students certified by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board, the largest international CYC certification organization, she received a surprise. There were no other high schools in the US offering this type of program because the CYCCB certification didn’t provide a vocational track for high school students into the profession. CYCCB leadership recognized the need for a high school route into the profession but had concerns about the risks involved to other youth who would be in the care of the students during the field placements. It took the Board a month to create a recommended protocol to assure that the charter school students would receive the supervision, coaching, and support to safely enter the field and care for other, younger, students. Attainment of the Entry Level certification will give students a widely recognized, transportable credential useful across North America and in most practice settings. It also provides a career track for advancement and possible connection to higher education.

Over the next three years, YouthBuild Philly, the Academy for Competent Youth Work, and CYCCB will be collaborating to create, evaluate, and revise the new vocational program. At the end of August, three YouthBuild Philly staff completed the CYC: Foundations Training for Trainers while an additional three completed the CYC: Foundations Course. Fifteen high school students entered the program in mid-September 2020, following Covid-19 school opening delays. This cohort will attend vocational classes in-person and virtually for five weeks. Then they move into supervised field placements and

another cohort begins the vocational classes. At the same time, the students are taking academic classes to complete their high school diplomas. The last class will be July 23rd. Both cohorts graduate in September 2021 with high school dipolomas, and complete CYC Entry Level certifications.

The CYCCB research team composed of Dr. Deborah Getz (faculty at Indiana University) and Dr. Dale Curry (retired faculty from Kent State University and the Independent Investigator who headed up the team that validated the CYC certification program) will be working with the project. They will be working with local colleges, Americorps, and the US Department of Labor to research program outcomes. The results will be used to develop improvements to the program and to document the impact of the program.

Given the need for this type of vocational program, it is expected that this program will be replicated widely, Especially now, there is great need to help youth become competent, well-prepared youth workers who can find local employment where they make a contribution to the overall well-being of the community.

Board Election 2021 - COVID Style

Nominations for CYCCB Board Election

 

There is an election this year for The Child and Youth Care Board (CYCCB) board of directors.  

Strategic leadership for the Child and Youth Care Certification Board is provided by a volunteer board of directors who serve four-year terms and are elected by the body of certified practitioners.

Serving on the board is a significant opportunity to contribute to the evolution of child and youth care practice. CYCCB implements the highest standards in the field and brings practitioner leadership to raise standards of practice, promote certification, and increase recognition of our contribution to the world.

We value a diverse board and seek practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds including all practice settings, direct practitioners, managers, administrators, educators, trainers, and researchers.

Board member requirements

Candidates must be certified with CYCCB at the Entry, Associate, or Professional level and current in their renewal. The board of directors is expected to be present at a monthly teleconference and make a contribution to board tasks, discussions, and decisions. Financial support to fund occasional travel is helpful.   In-person meetings are occasionally held. Board members are expected to cover their own travel expenses.  It is helpful to have consent from the board member’s employing organization so that board activities, required meetings, and expenses are supported. 

Nomination process

Practitioners who are certified at the Entry, Associate or Professional levels are invited to nominate candidates to serve on the board of directors. The nominees who receive the most votes from certified practitioners will be elected. Some current board members will be seeking re-election.

To make a nomination, send this form as an attachment to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations will be posted on the polling website. Each currently certified practitioner will be notified by email when the polling site is available and will be able to vote. Election results will be announced in June. Nominations for this election cycle will be accepted until the end of April. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic

We are All in this Together, 

APPLICATION FILING AND RENEWAL FEE WAIVERS

The CYCCB Board has made some changes to application and renewal requirements during the Pandemic.  Until January 1, 2021 all renewal late fees have been waived and application filing extension fees have been eliminated.  If you are in-process of filing an application, the office will accept and process your application and paperwork before receiving payment.  To become fully approved, applicants will still need to pay the application filing fee.  This policy will allow people to move forward with application approval during times of reduced income.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a serious issue and we want to do our part to ensure the health of our CYC Practitioners, our proctors, and our communities. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US and the Health Agency of Canada are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and they are making suggestions to limit the spread of the virus. Each country and community is being impacted at different rates and we want to encourage CYC Practitioners to follow the guidance provided by the appropriate national health agency and any guidance offered by public health officials in your local community. 

As our nations grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage CYC practitioners to take the precautions necessary to protect the health and welfare of children, youth, and families with whom they work and their own health and welfare. The way we work with children, youth, and families frequently puts us into face-to-face contact with a variety of people that elevates the possibility of exposure.  Please consider the following suggestions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Use hand sanitizer as a backup if soap and water is unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Disinfect program areas daily and after use including seats, tables, door handles, light switches, etc.
  • Have hand sanitizer and tissues available at different spots in the program. 
  • If offering snacks, provide snacks in sealed packages.
  • Avoid activities that require touching each other (tag, football, and other contact sports, touch-based team building games, etc.).
  • Monitor yourself and the children, youth and families with whom you work for signs of illness. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Seek medical advice if you or someone you know develops symptoms.

TEST PROCTORS:  If the leadership in your state, province, or community or the national authority recommends suspending classes or gathering of people, we urge you to postpone certification testing to a future date.   If you decide to hold testing, please contact our office and implement the safety procedures CYCCB emailed to you previously. Since the situation continues to evolve and responses continue to change, please check to be sure you have the latest information before moving forward.  CYCCB is exploring the implementation of a virtual test delivery system.  This will take some time to implement but is in planning.

CYCCB OFFICE:  The Office will remain open during normal working hours 8:30 – 2:30 Central Time Tuesdays through Thursdays.  There may be staff available on a limited basis on Mondays and Fridays, as usual. We have a small group of dedicated people who work in our office for you.  Most of what we do is electronic; people rarely visit us in-person. We have transferred office operations to staff homes and have changed our staff scheduling to reduce contact.

If you need assistance or advice, please call or email the office (979) 764-7306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

We at CYCCB encourage you to take the best care of yourself and the children, youth and families with whom you work that you can.  CYC has an important role to play as this situation continues to unfold. Providing a model of calm competence and keeping yourself healthy and able to offer assistance to your community is YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY. 

Be well,

Cindy Carraway-Wilson
President

For the CYCCB Board of Directors

Moving Forward During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moving Forward During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are All in this Together, 

We salute the thousands of CYCs who are stepping up to provide developmental and educational support while young people are out-of-school at home.  The current pandemic has highlighted the critical role that CYCs play.  As essential workers, their role in staffing residential care, shelters, foster care, juvenile justice, afterschool and other community-based programs has come to the front.  Everyday CYCs are making sure that programs are open and available to support youth, parents, caregivers, and our communities. 

We at CYCCB encourage you to take good care of yourself and the children, youth, and families with whom you work.  CYC has an important role to play as this situation continues to unfold. Providing a model of calm competence and keeping yourself healthy and able to offer assistance to your community is YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY. 

This one if for ALL of you. Good Job.  https://youtu.be/NkDNp4ATCso

Be well,

Cindy Carraway-Wilson
President

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For the CYCCB Board of Directors

APPLICATION FILING AND RENEWAL FEE WAIVERS:
The CYCCB Board has made some changes to application and renewal requirements during the Pandemic.  Until January 1, 2021 all renewal late fees have been waived and application filing extension fees have been eliminated.  If you are in-process of filing an application, the office will accept and process your application and paperwork before receiving payment.  To become fully approved, applicants will still need to pay the application filing fee.  This policy will allow people to move forward with application approval during times of reduced income. 

TEST PROCTORS: Testing continues to be available in many places.   If the leadership in your state, province, or community or the national authority recommends suspending classes or gathering of people, we urge you to postpone certification testing to a future date.   If you decide to hold testing, please contact our office and implement the safety procedures CYCCB emailed to you previously. Since the situation continues to evolve and responses continue to change, please check to be sure you have the latest information before moving forward.  CYCCB is exploring the implementation of a virtual test delivery system.  This will take some time to implement but is in planning.

CYCCB OFFICE:  The Office will remain open during normal working hours 8:30 – 2:30 Central Time Tuesdays through Thursdays.  There may be staff available on a limited basis on Mondays and Fridays, as usual. We have a small group of dedicated people who work in our office for you.  Most of what we do is electronic; people rarely visit us in-person. We have transferred office operations to staff homes and have changed our staff scheduling to reduce contact.

If you need assistance or advice, please call or email the office (979) 764-7306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

How Certification Makes a Difference

CYCCB certification has evolved through a rich history to bring together practitioners from wide geographic areas and all major practice settings to collaboratively develop the CYC profession and the services we provide to our children, youth, families and communities.   

shutterstock 94715374 SIZEDCYCCB certification is a response by the CYC professional community to promote widely supported standards of practice coupled with research-based competence demonstration.  The work of CYCCB and its partners has revolutionized the profession by creating a widely recognized vision of the field with a clear definition of a unified profession composed of discrete practice settings.  These settings share core knowledge, skill competencies and ethical standards while maintaining the uniqueness demanded by work in varying application environments.  

Certified practitioners are professionals sanctioned by the professional CYC community.  Engaging in the certification process inter-connects practitioners, promotes higher standards of practice, and opens opportunities for meaningful contribution in creating a world where competent, compassionate and caring CYC professionals are available to the millions of children, youth, and families in our world community.  

CYCCB provides an assessment process and certification to child and youth care practitioners who demonstrate their commitment to high standards of care and ongoing competence development.  The CYC certification program is the most rigorous demonstration of competence in the field.

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