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Training the "Wizards": A Model for Building Self Efficacy and Peer Networks Among Urban Youth Workers

NCJ Number
Child & Youth Services Volume: 32 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2011 Pages: 200-223
Laurie Ross; Suzanne Buglione; Jennifer Safford-Farquharson
Date Published
September 2011
24 pages
This article explores the professional development of youth workers.
This article presents a community's efforts to address the professional development needs of frontline youth workers. A coalition designed a 13-week Youth Worker Training Institute to increase youth workers' knowledge, skills, self-efficacy, and professional networks. After the Institute, participants reported feeling more skillful, connected to other youth workers, confident, professional, reflective, and being more powerful change agents. Based on results from this formative evaluation, the authors suggest that it was multiple teaching and learning strategies that promoted reflection, peer learning, and networkingthat contributed to youth workers gaining knowledge and skills that in turn increased their confidence and sense of self-efficacy. (Published Abstract)