CYC CAREER PATHWAYS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
In 2021, CYCCB collaborated with YouthBuild Philly to create a vocational high school program. The program is offered as an option for charter school students who want to pursue careers in a variety of youth work programs, including afterschool, juvenile justice, and community youth services. Students attend classes based on the Academy for Competent Youth Work’s Child & Youth Care: Foundations Course. This course is the most widely used course to prepare CYC practitioners for Entry Level certification. Upon completion of a two year program, which includes a supervised field placement in a local child care or after school center, students have attained their high school diploma and are certified at the CYC Certification Entry Level.
Youth Build Philly and CYCCB designed the program as a three year pilot project. The program is in its 2nd year. Dr. Dale Curry, Professor Emeritus at Kent State, and Dr. Deborah Getz, Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Applied Health Science, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington have been working with Mallory Deptola, YouthBuild Vocational Instructor, and others at YouthBuild to design and implement the program. The CYCCB representatives are helping research program learning outcomes, working to assure that the field placements are safe for both the YouthBuild students and the young people receiving services in the field placement sites, and documenting career path outcomes. For more information.
The YouthBuildHeart of Oregon Corps launched a similar program January 2022. Over the next year, students in this program will learn positive child and youth development and how to put that knowledge into practice, apply skills in non-profit childcare centers around Central Oregon, earn a CYC Entry Level certification and CPR/first aid training, and complete their high school diploma or GED.
The YouthBuild Philly program is located in urban Philadelphia while the Heart of Oregon program is situated in a rural area. This provides opportunity to study how best to teach youth work principles to these two, very different groups of young people. The learning from the YouthBuild Philly pilot program will continue to be used to inform implementation and improvements to both programs, as appropriate.