Collective For Youth

It’s Important to Keep Learning

Research suggests that young people’s behavior and engagement improves when out of school time providers receive ongoing professional development. Research also shows that staff who participate in ongoing professional development are more engaged and responsive to the youth they serve.

We offer numerous learning opportunities for youth development professionals that are designed to improve practices and outcomes, including regularly scheduled community workshops as well as customized trainings. Training participants usually receive childcare training hour credits for licensed school-age programs in Nebraska.

Youth educators don’t have to be employed by CFY or one of our Partnering Agencies to take advantage of the learning opportunities below.

Learning Opportunities
for Youth Educators

Youth Work Methods Workshops

Our Youth Work Methods Series is a 10-part skills building workshop designed by the David P. Weikart Center to empower staff with tools that will increase the quality of their work with youth.

Workshops are free and open to anyone who is currently working with youth or desires to work with youth. Certification is available to those who complete each segment. You may attend the entire series or only the sessions that apply to your interests and needs.

See the entire list of workshops and register here.

Summer Leadership Institute

Collective for Youth is offering a three-day Summer Institute program this summer at the Goodwill Industries Omaha located at 4805 North 72nd Street. This 3 day training will help out of school time professionals in “Building You,” “Building Culture,” and “Building Your Program.” The training will be facilitated by Gwyn Williams, Program Director at Collective for Youth and LaRon Henderson, Program Quality Director at Collective for Youth.

Last summer, Gwyn and LaRon hosted two Leadership Institute sessions at the University Nebraska at Omaha. The goal of the Leadership Institute was to provide an interactive learning environment which would give the attendees the opportunity to explore their leadership identity, learn practical strategies for building an inclusive culture, implant research based program principles, and to give them the tools they need to build a strong out of school time program. Combined, there were nearly 60 out of school time professionals in attendance from 18 different organizations. The training was geared toward out of school time managers that are in charge of supervising the site’s staff.

Click here to register the 2017 Summer Leadership Institute

Customized CFY Trainings

Our experienced trainers can work directly with staff to tailor workshops and trainings to staff needs. We provide one-on-one coaching and consulting on a variety of afterschool and youth development topics, delivered directly at your site or ours.

We can design a training just for you! Contact Gwyn Williams at