Capacity Building and Professional Development

DYCD invests in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations as a strategy for ensuring that youth and families receive high quality, effective services. 
By bringing together practitioners, researchers and other experts to strengthen organizations and programs, DYCD also contributes to broader learning and field building efforts.

Specifically, funding for capacity building:

  • Strengthens organizations by investing in planning, leadership development, and infrastructure
  • Enhances program quality by building front-line and supervisory staff knowledge and skills
  • Promotes learning and continuous improvement by developing practitioner learning communities and supporting the adoption of data-driven decision making practices

DYCD leverages the expertise of technical assistance partners to offer community-based organizations support from leaders in the many fields, including youth development, workforce development, mental health services, and organizational development.

 

CB Resources

CB Resources is an online directory of capacity building consultants available to nonprofits. You can find consultants who can help improve program quality through enhancement activities in STEM, literacy or arts, for example, or experts who can support the organization through fiscal, legal or leadership consultants. Most vendors are an PIP making it easier to contract with them. Several are MWBE certified. There's also a list of DYCD funded consultants, with their services, sample workshop topics and contact information. Access to these consultants are at no cost to DYCD funded nonprofits.

DYCD Connect

DYCD Connect is the main resource center helping organizations communicate and coordinate with the communities they serve.

Trainings for Frontline Staff

Upcoming Workshops

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January 2022

Creating Safer and More Inclusive Spaces for Elementary Age LGBTQIA+ Youth

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The second half of a training series aimed at helping youth service providers who work with youth ages 5-11 create safer and inclusive programming for LGBTQIA young people and their peers. This interactive training will feature role plays and case studies to examine common LGBTQIA inclusion issues and best practices to find practical solutions to these issues. Participants must attend both trainings in order to receive a certificate of completion.

In the United States, our concept of sexuality has been boiled down and equated solely to sexual attraction but the reality is much more nuanced. Body positivity, boundaries setting, honesty and respect for others, and healthy relationships are all parts of our ever-evolving understanding of human sexuality. The foundation for a healthy relationship with one’s self and others begins long before sexual attraction comes into play. Additionally, a study published in 2013 by the Pew Research Center reported that 38% of gay men knew they weren’t heterosexual before the age of ten. It has been long established that gender identity is formed for all children within the first 18 months to five years of a child’s life. Sexuality and gender are important parts of everyone’s identity but LGBTQIA youth don't often see themselves represented or supported. (citation) Elementary school-aged youth are ready to talk about gender and sexuality but as adult providers are we ready to talk to youth? In Creating Safer and More Inclusive Spaces for Elementary Age LGBTQIA+ Youth we will offer information, tool, and skills to all participants that will enhance their ability to provide support to elementary school aged youth in their programs who do not identify as cisgender and/or within the gender binary, or as heterosexual.

In Creating Safer and More Inclusive Spaces for Elementary Age LGBTQIA+ Youth trainees will:

 

  •  review an accountability tool, Community Invitations
  • reflect on the ways we've been acculturated and socialized around sexuality and gender
  • review information on sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression the ways that these constructs impact programming
  • Learn and practice additional age-appropriate ways to talk to program participants about gender and sexuality both in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Discuss different methods and practices you and your agency can be doing to insure the comfort of all program participants, especially LGBTQIA participants.
  • practice conflict resolution tools for staff when gender and sexuality issues arise
  • recall local and digital community resources in NYC.

 

Date: January 27th
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AE_PLC - Beef Up Your Math Instructional Routines

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1-Hour Peer Learning Community Session

Quick question: What's your favorite math instructional routine? If your answer is, "I'm not sure" then attend this event to enhance your toolbox. If your answer is a long list of instructional routines then attend this event to share and to get some fresh perspective.

Facilitator: Cynthia Bell 

 

Date: January 27th
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2-Part Series: PBL for Virtual & Hybrid Classrooms - Session 1

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Session 1: Introducing Project-Based Learning

The Million Dollar Question: How can we prepare participants for work readiness and academic autonomy beyond work done in the classroom? The answer is Project-Based Learning(PBL)! Project-based learning is a teaching method in which participants gain a further knowledge of content and skill through the process of investigation while responding to a question, challenge or prompt. Attend this workshop to discover how the seven principles of Project-Based Learning can prepare our participants to tackle challenges proactively while reinforcing solution-orientated thinking.


Facilitated by: Raju Srinivasan 

 

Date: January 28th
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Better Together Series: Application, Problem-solving & Resource-sharing

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Vibrant Emotional Health is hosting the monthly series, Better Together: A Connected Problem-Solving Approach to Case Management Challenges to bring together practitioners from across NYC youth-serving programs to share best practices, problem-solve, and focus on holistic approaches to service provision and case coordination. You will connect with colleagues from around the city to share practices for high quality case management, including strengths-based, person-centered, trauma-informed, outcome-based services. Gain resources, ideas, and connections with other programs and services throughout the city, and collaboratively problem-solve challenges that you are experiencing in your program.

This is a cohort series, which will require committing to attending at least 6 of the 7 sessions, as well as the final reflection session on June 17, 2022. 

 

Date: January 28th
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H&L Pro-Skills for WLG: Environmental Corps Training FRI 1/28/2022

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To prepare Providers for administering the new Pro-Skills: Green Data Science track with WLG: EC youth , the H&L team is offering a training session dedicated soley to this WLG education offering.

We will provide this same training twice to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. 

 

Date: January 28th
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AE - Introduction to the New HSE

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Did you know that the TASC as a HSE assessment is ending? We will have a new assessment in 2022, and it will be the GED. Attend this workshop to ensure you know all about the new HSE and the implications for instruction in your Advance & Earn program.

Facilitator: Cynthia Bell

 

Date: January 28th
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February 2022

Reimagining Trauma-Informed Family Engagement

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Reimagining Family Engagement: Using Trauma-informed and Healing Centered Practices to Engage

This experiential session will offer participants an opportunity to continue to develop an understanding of how trauma manifests in the body, mind, relationships, and partnerships with families. We will explore how historical and current traumas impact families and communities. Let’s connect and strengthen our Circles of Support practices that foster trusting relationships and promote equitable spaces that heal.

 

  • Understand how trauma impacts people, families, and communities.
  • Explore Circles of Support framework mitigation practices that support healing.
  • Develop strategies that will support building trust with families.

 

NB. This professional development opportunity is provided at no cost to you but has a value of $1500 for DYCD. If you register for and are subsequently unable to attend this session, you are responsible for canceling your registration or risk being waitlisted for future events.

 

Date: February 1st
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DYCD Positive Youth Development & Youth Leadership Framework Series

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During this three part series for Line-Staff they will receive a foundation in the PYD and YL DYCD Frameworks. Further, they will learn how to create and maintain an environment that allows these principles to thrive. Lastly, in session three we will focus on how to design activities that support the development of youth leadership skill necessary for young people to flourish. All three sessions are mandatory.

Date: February 1st
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For a complete list of all our Capacity Building calendar of events Click here