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The National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship is a two-year professional development and leadership training program. It is a partnership between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project(NWP), with generous funding from the Robert Bowne Foundation. The program is a long-term (2 year) collaborative process for seasoned youth professionals who study, have deep conversations, engage in inquiry-based research, learning, and writing, under the guidance of experienced mentors. End projects include briefing papers, workshops, curricula, and articles for professional publication.
This article describes how instructors at a community college in Philadelphia went about aligning their coursework with core competencies. It also provides guidance on how to adapt a set of youth worker competencies at the program/agency level.
A case study of programs in Maine participating in the Links to Learning training. The case study showed how four professionals perceived the professional development as impacting their practice as they worked toward their Maine Youth Development Credential.