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YDPN Mission Statement: The Youth Development Peer Network is a community of Bay Area practitioners and organizational leaders committed to positive youth development, who provide professional support to local youth development practitioners.
The YDPN goals:
- Support each other through professional networking.
- Advance our own knowledge and learning of youth development practices.
- Promote our leadership and voice in the field of youth development.
We have developed a model that includes:
- Peer Leadership Structure: The volunteerSteering Committee members provide leadership and direction to the YDPN through fundraising, outreach and community relations and by determining policies on matters such as governance and membership. Two members currently act as co-chairs. One co-chair focuses on sustainability and the other on governance and outreach. Working committees develop and implement networking and training events, support membership development and promote the voice of youth workers.
- Resource Development for Support and Training:Our network events, training events and other professional development activities build relationships among youth workers and across youth serving agencies, serve as a place of rejuvenation, and facilitate the sharing of youth worker resources, knowledge and expertise. These resources provide opportunities for practitioners to further develop their skills through reflections on youth development practice, shared training opportunities, peer-to-peer training and mentoring, site visits, and facilitated discussions with leaders in the field of youth development. YPDN has sponsored 17 events/activities developing a model for peer-led resource sharing that is efficient and effective. (See chart below and also Objective 4 for more details.)
- Promoting the Voice of Youth Workers: YDPN also provides opportunities, training and support to promote community voice and practitioner perspectives on youth development policy which impact their work and the young people with whom they work, such as best practices of youth development, standards and competencies for youth workers, including career and compensation guidelines. We are actively involved in conducting the Bay Area Mini-Study, part of a nation-wide process of data collection about retention issues in youth work funded by the Forum for Youth Investment. This study will contribute to consensus building in developing a national system of â attracting, developing and sustaining youth workersâ as conceived by the Wingspread Group at a November 2004 meeting of youth development professionals from across the country.
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