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.

Trainings for Frontline Staff

Upcoming Workshops

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March 2021

From Digital Literacy to Fluency: Enhancing Online Skills for Young Adults 

Digital fluency is the power to use digital tools to solve problems, utilize electronic workflows, and enhance communications. This session will focus on understanding digital fluency, its importance, and how to develop digital fluency skills in young adults..

Date: March 9th
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Your Boundaries: Balancing the Personal and Professional

This workshop will focus on navigating the complexities of a range of boundary situations which can blur client-staff relations and compromise the integrity of service delivery. Emphasis will be placed on such issues as giving and receiving gifts from clients, decisions about self-disclosure, entering mutual social space via technology or in-person, and extending to or accepting invitations from clients. Learn about tools to establish healthy boundaries and learn how to develop strong and respectful client-staff relationships.

Date: March 11th
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A Step Toward Organizational Racial Equity

This session will draw on Community Resource Exchange's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) practice as well as lessons from its own internal racial equity journey. It is designed to help increase confidence, motivation, and capacity to move toward anti-racism and racial equity. Participants will learn common language and discuss inclusion and equity: how race-based exclusion and inequity challenge an organization’s ability to achieve strategies to move beyond anti-racist statements to anti-racist actions. CBOs who attend the webinar will receive a special invitation to join a follow-up deeper-dive workshop on advancing DEIA work within their organizations.

Date: March 4th, March 18th
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Reflective Supervision and Leadership Development 

This a three-part online series – two days of online training and a third day of a follow-up online training call. You must attend all days of training.  Day One: Participants will review reflective practice; the components of reflective practice; and the processes of reflective practice.  Day Two: Participants will explore using the reflective lens in giving and receiving feedback and implementing reflective practice within their workplaces. Participants will be given an implementation activity to practice within their own team.  Day Three: Participants will explore and discuss the implementation activity – successes, challenges, and any other issues related to the training and strategies for moving forward. 

Dates: March 10th, 17th and 31st
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Optimizing G-Tools for Engaging Virtual InstructionYouth


When used to their full potential, the Google Suite of Workplace tools can be used to run effective and engaging asynchronous and synchronous instruction. Attend this series to level up your Google skills. We know that you will leave saying, "Huh, I didn't know you could do that..." 

Dates: March 18th
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
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Differentiating Instruction with E-learning Tools (K-8)


This workshop will teach you how to use e-learning tools to differentiate instruction and how e-learning tools can be used to support it. You will learn how to select strategies and e-learning tools based on your students’ needs. This workshop is designed for educators who want to be better prepared to meet the needs of students in remote or hybrid learning environments.  

Dates: March 19th
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Planning and Delivering Online Instruction (Grades 3-8)

Are you confident about planning and delivering online instruction? This workshop will teach you the basics of remote teaching. It will explore distance education history, available online tools, online engagement, and other elements to consider when switching to online instruction. This workshop is recommended for line staff, education specialists, program supervisors, and Learning Labs staff.

Date: March 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Optimizing Financial Technology

Get exposed to a variety of technology solutions available to organizations to ensure proper controls and improve efficiency with a remote workforce including options for: 

· Paperless workflow for expense management and accounts payable 

· Automated check cutting 

· Technology options for employee time-tracking 

· Virtual banking options 

Date: March 24th
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Preparing Virtual STEM Lessons


Preparing Virtual STEM Lessons prepares staff with tools, tips, and resources necessary to run STEM lessons virtually that are meaningful and engaging.

Dates: March 24th
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April 2021


The LAC is pleased to announce a new 3-part training series on Popular Education for Social Justice in an adult literacy context. This training was developed with interest and input from community partner organizations that have helped shape the Literacy & Justice Initiative. After a COVID delay, we have transitioned the training online and are excited to collaborate with adult educators to build capacity for social justice reflection and action with our students. Please see the training description and register by March 19 at the link below. There will be some required pre-session work.


Popular Education for Social Justice: An Introduction for Adult and Community Education Teachers and Staff

Date: 4.9.21, 4.16.21 and 4.30.21  (must attend all 3 sessions)

Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Description: Popular Education is an approach to adult and community education that centers students’ lived experiences by building curriculum and instruction around critical issues in their communities, and by engaging students in projects to address these issues. This 3-part training series will engage teachers/staff to learn about popular education theory and practice; explore techniques for identifying and analyzing community issues; generate instructional activities that develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and engage students around questions of economic and social justice; examine examples of popular education lessons/units; and develop a framework for designing projects with our classes.

Facilitators: Sierra Stoneman-Bell and Ira Yankwitt 

Audience: ABE, HSE, ESOL teachers, program staff

To Register:

Note: Register once for all sessions by March 19. You will receive a link to join the sessions, as well as an email with assignments to be completed before the first session.

Identifying Opportunities for Civic Engagement in Your Programs

Explore the connection between youth civic engagement and the community-based problem-solving approach of Human-Centered Design (a.k.a. Design Thinking). Human-Centered Design supports creativity, innovation, and critical thinking in young people, developing their confidence and team-building skills. Learn the principles of Human-Centered Design through activities that center on problem-solving, empathy-building, and local action planning, build on knowledge of project-based learning, and make connections to the DYCD framework for Civic Engagement.

Date: April 15th
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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