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Institute for Youth Development

Educators LearningThe OST Office supports program quality and the development of staff through The Institute for Youth Development (The Institute) located at the University of the District of Columbia. The Institute provides various professional development opportunities, program quality improvement assessments, and technical assistance to OST programs across the District. The programs are committed to improvement in order to connect youth with quality enriching and education experiences beyond school hours.

The OST Commission, OST Office, The Institute, and families throughout the District defined quality as:

For younger learners (ages 5-13):

Quality afterschool and summer programs provide children with activities that bring joy in learning and build character with dedicated staff who engages every child.

For older youth (ages 14 and up):

Quality afterschool and summer programs connect youth with other young people and supportive adults to have fun, engage, and prepare for the future.

Organizations can increase the quality of their programs by building staff competencies. Professional Development Opportunities offered through The Institute vary from two-hour workshops to full day offerings or conferences. Each workshop aligns with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality which works to create a powerful environment for youth programs that support the development of children and youth.

In order to request workshops, the organization must have a minimum of 10 participants confirmed to participate. Workshops may be scheduled by completing this online form. A full listing and description of workshops can be found here.

Professional Development Opportunities

The Institute for Youth Development provides quality training for all adults who work with children and youth in Out of School Time (OST) programs. These adults are also called youth development practitioners. Youth development practitioners deepen their understanding of positive youth development, engage in best practices, and improve services to youth. Training is available for every level from front-line staff to program managers to executive directors. Learn more about our Professional Development Opportunities.

Youth Development Blog Series

The Institute for Youth Development, in partnership with Sharma-Holt Consulting, has launched a new resource hub to help youth development practitioners create inclusive spaces for neurodivergent children and youth. The four-part blog series can be viewed here