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DCYF University


Want to be a Youth Development Trainer?
Interested in being a Certified Trauma Informed Care program?

DCYF University is the place for you!

DCYF will launch our DCYF University Pilot this fall, and we are looking for Individuals or Programs to be a part of our first graduating class. Please note: DCYF University is only open to current DCYF grantees.

DCYF University will provide an opportunity for staff and programs to become “Specialists” by delving deeper into specific subject matter. Within this pilot we are offering three Areas of Specialization:

1. Youth Development Best Practices with a Training of the Trainer focus
2. Youth Development Best Practices with a Trauma Informed focus
3. Youth Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy with a Staff focus

The DCYF University Pilot will run from October 2017 - June 2018 with an initial class of up to 30 individuals. Participants in the Pilot will receive several benefits including:

• Being the first graduating class of the DCYF University
• Receiving a Certificate of Completion indicating proficiency in a Specialized Area
• Receiving Participation Incentives
• Contributing to the development of the University process and offerings as we build it out for FY2018-19.

Ready to apply? Visit the link below! Applications are due Wednesday September 27, 2017.

Visit this link to access the DCYF University Application 

If you have questions about DCYF University please contact Sherrice Dorsey.


Background: DCYF University Pilot

DCYF is embracing a holistic approach to Capacity Building and Professional Development by designing a multilevel system for training and support. We aim to build a stronger youth worker workforce and increase the quality of services and that are available to San Francisco children, youth and their families by providing Capacity Building and Professional Development on an individual, programmatic and agency level. For individual youth workers we will provide professional development opportunities that increase the skills and abilities needed to implement high quality youth development programming. On the programmatic level our efforts will focus on building the capacity and ability for programs to engage in continuous quality improvement and to support staff with their professional development. Finally on the Agency level we will help organizations build and strengthen their systems and infrastructure in order to provide the solid foundation required for effective programs and staff.

In order to successfully implement this approach we have created the concept of DCYF University. While we will still maintain DCYF’s current Capacity Building and Professional Development offerings, this approach will provide a more intentionally focused effort, embedded within our Technical Assistance system that can be used to take individuals, programs and agencies to the next level.

Last updated: 5/17/2018 4:47:17 PM
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