Friday, August 30, 2013

Youth Development Mindset

The Community Network for Youth Development closed its doors after 20 years on April 30, 2013.  This exceptional organization advocated for a youth development approach across the board but especially in the afterschool space.  The organization was based in San Francisco and two of its leaders, Sam Piha and Reba Rose, worked tirelessly to educate afterschool professionals to hone their skills as youth developers and to look at programming through the lens of youth as assets. 
In its announcement that it was closing its doors, CNYD stated “CNYD developed a rich set of training tools and resources that were used to propel our work. These are now available for public use.

 These resources include: The Youth Development Guide, An Introduction to Youth Development Training: Staff Facilitator's Guide, Making it Happen: Relationship Building Staff Training Module, Making it Happen: Youth Participation Staff Training Module, Making it Happen: Skill Building Staff Training Module.”  If you haven’t reviewed these amazing materials I would suggest that you access them by "CNYD"  and following those links. 
Just because CNYD has closed doesn’t mean that we can’t all learn from the amazing work of these outstanding leaders.Let us know what you think after checking out the materials by emailing us at

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