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Youth Development

Search for youth programs. Just click. The mission of the Office of Youth Development (OYD) is to build collaborations and partnerships to meet the needs of young people by coordinating programs and services and advocating for youth and youth service programs.

The office’s main objective is to work with community partners to develop a coordinated community-wide Out of School Time (OST) system for youth and youth programming. This system will assist us to better coordinate programs and services for young people, improve the quality of these programs, engage parents and expand professional development for youth workers.

Louisville Quality Minimum Standards for Out of School Time Programs
Quality standards and indicators capture the practices that have been demonstrated through research, to lead to quality programs.  Quality programs result in positive outcomes for youth in school age programs.  For a copy of the Quality Minimum Standards, which includes a self-assessment form,
click here.  Comprehensive Quality Standards for Out of School Time Youth Programs coming soon.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/TRAININGThe Office of Youth Development (OYD) provides professional development opportunities in a variety of mediums to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of staff who work with youth. OYD offers two additional trainings quarterly: Advancing Youth Development (AYD) trainings and Youth Worker "Boost" trainings.  Please check back periodically for updates on those trainings.

  • Youth Worker Training - Currently we offer free monthly Youth Worker Trainings (YWT) on a variety of topics. Please click here to see the current Youth Worker Training calendar.
  • Methods Training - The Office of Youth Development and Building Louisville's Out of School Time Coordinating Council (BLOCS) are proud to present the Methods Series, developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.  The trainings introduce powerful skill-building strategies for creating a safe, supportive and productive environment for youth.  The trainings will be offered twice monthly throughout 2014.  Please click here to see the Methods Training Dates for 2014.
  •  Brown Bag Series - this monthly training provides information and networking in a relaxed atmosphere during lunchtime.  Please click here for the current Brown Bag Series listing of dates and topics.


These trainings are open to anyone working with youth but require advance registration.

The Office of Youth Development trains more than 500 youth workers each year.

OYD’s Commitment to the community includes:

National Leadership – Louisville is nationally recognized as a leader in the youth service field having been recognized by
America’s Promise Alliance six consecutive times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. Louisville is also highly recognized in the youth service field by organizations such as Ready by 21, The Forum for Youth Investment and the Wallace Foundation.

YouthPrint – The Louisville
YouthPrint is a report commissioned through a partnership between Metro United Way, JCPS and Louisville Metro Government to develop recommendations to create a coordinated Out of School Time system designed to coordinate services to better meet the needs of young people.

Information and Referral – OYD serves as a clearinghouse of information about youth services in our community. The office secures, researches and disseminates information about funding opportunities, trainings, youth-centered initiatives, and maintains a searchable database that helps link the community to available youth services. Search the Louisville Youth Services Directory Now!

Networking – OYD works to develop networks throughout the community to advocate for specific needs of young people.

Special Events – OYD partners with other organizations to develop and implement special events for youth. The office helps organize events such as the Youth Opportunity Showcase, Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service, Youth Summits, and the Doing the Right Thing Festival.


2013 Free and Low Cost Summer Programming Guide


Louisville 100 Best Communities for young people.