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YATI Youth Development Certificate Program

Kingston, Ontario and London, Ontario
January and February, 2012

Youth Development Certificate Program

The Lung Association’s Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) is proud to offer the first Canadian Certificate program in youth development. This Queen's University accredited program will equip adults with the knowledge and skills to develop experiences for youth to reach their full potential.

The Training:
This 5-day training will provide a fun, comfortable atmosphere. By using a facilitated cooperative learning environment, you will work with other participants to encourage each other’s learning and have the opportunity to develop a strong professional network. You will be able to link new knowledge to past experiences and prepare to carry them into future practice.

There are sessions planned at two locations:

Over 2 consecutive weekends at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
Friday - Sunday, January 20 - 22nd, 2012
Saturday - Sunday, January 28 - 29th, 2012

Over 5 consecutive days in London, Ontario.
Monday - Friday, February 13 - 17th, 2012

The Approach:
The youth development approach is rooted in viewing youth and their assets rather than their problems. In order to work with youth effectively, it is essential to build adult capacity to support positive youth development through practices, processes, policies, and programs.

The Content:
In this foundation level course, we’ll introduce you to the core principles and practices associated with the youth development approach from a Canadian perspective to:
• learn about youth engagement as a strategy to support positive youth development;
• identify and negotiate assets/barriers that will influence your practice with youth;
• assess individual and organizational readiness to apply the approach within your setting;
• work in youth-adult partnerships;
• develop strategies to monitor, evaluate and extend these efforts.

Cost:
The cost of the full five-day certificate program is $350 plus HST, per person. This cost includes all required materials and includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Please note we have endeavoured to keep fees low during this research phase.

Upon registering for the course, you will be emailed an invoice for the full amount of the certificate program. Invoices can be paid through a cheque or money order and must be received by January 16th, 2012 for Kingston and February 6, 2012 for London.

Eligibility:
In its first three offerings of the program Queen’s University will be conducting a research project investigating the outcomes for adults and the youth they work with who complete this certificate program. As a result, there are a few requirements that exist for enrollment for these first three sessions, including that:

* You will work with youth at least once a week, for a minimum of 10 weeks, after the course
* You and your youth are willing to participate in the research study

This course will be offered again in the spring 2012 with no eligibility requirements. If you are unable to attend the initial offerings we would appreciate your help as a ‘control’ participant in the research study.

For more information and to register: http://www.youthadvocacy.ca/training