City Offers Youth Development Professionals Free Trainings

February 26, 2015

Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Community Services Youth Development provides free, monthly professional development opportunities for those who work with youth throughout the city. The trainings are presented by local and regional facilitators and cover a variety of topics focusing on engaging youth and providing quality educational and recreational youth programming.

Three types of monthly trainings, described below, are open to professionals working with youth but require advance registration at [email protected].

Sharpening Your Tools – Youth Worker Trainings are free monthly two-hour trainings covering a variety of topics.  Trainings take place from 12 – 2 p.m. at various locations across Jefferson County. For more information and to register, click on this flyer.

  • March 18, The New Jack Generation – Dealing with Drugs and Alcohol Issues with Youth
  • April 15, Cultural Diversity - Connecting with Immigrants, Refugee Challenge
  • May 20, Generation “Z”: Understanding Today’s Culture

Youth Work Recharge: Brown Bag Seminar is a one-hour monthly series focusing on the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. Participants are invited to bring their lunch and be ready to hear about and discuss the “topic of the month” from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Ave. For more information and to register, click on this flyer. 

  •  March 24, Habit 2: "Begin with the End in Mind"
  • April 28, Habit 3: "Put First Things First"
  • Aug. 25, Habit 4: "Think Win/Win"
  • Sept. 29, Habit 5: "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood"
  • Oct. 27, Habit 6: "Synergize"
  • Nov. 24, Habit 7: "Sharpen the Saw"

Methods Trainings are two and a half hour interactive trainings that introduce powerful skill-building strategies for creating a safe, supportive and productive environment for youth. The trainings are presented by the Office of Youth Development and Building Louisville's Out of School Time Coordinating Council (BLOCS) and developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. All trainings take place from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at YMCA Safe Place, 2400 Crittenden Drive and space is limited. For more information and to register, click on this flyer.

  • March 3, Ask-Listen-Encourage
  • April 14, Cooperative Learning
  • May 5, Youth Voice
  • Aug. 4, Homework Help
  • Sept. 1, Planning and Reflection
  • Oct. 6, Reframing Conflict
  • Nov. 3, Structure and Clear Limits
  • Dec. 1, Building Community

The Office of Youth Development, part of Louisville Metro Department of Community Services, trained more than 530 youth workers during 51 different sessions in 2014.

“The youth workers, educators and other stakeholders who participate in these trainings share a common goal -- they want to help young people succeed,” said Rebecca DeJarnatt, coordinator of the Office of Youth Development. “The trainings play a critical role in building the capacity of youth service providers so they have the skills to facilitate the personal, social and educational development of the youth they assist.”

The Office of Youth Development recently introduced a Youth Worker Impact Training, a four hour series offered quarterly, which provides an expansion of a topic from our previous youth worker trainings. Individuals who participate in at least 15 hours annually of the Youth Worker, Brown Bag or Impact trainings will be honored with a Certificate of Completion.

For information about future training opportunities, such as Advancing Youth Development, a 28-hour national curriculum based upon the fundamentals of Positive Youth Development, as well as a future credentialing for youth worker training, visit or contact Felicia Young, 574-5250 / [email protected].

For a full list of training opportunities, visit, and search “training.”

About Louisville Metro Community Services and the Office of Youth Development

The mission of the Department of Community Services is to improve the quality of life for all residents with an emphasis on poverty reduction and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. The Office of Youth Development’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 help better coordinate programs and services for young people, improve the quality of these programs, engage parents and expand professional development for youth workers.