Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute

For more than 15 years, Case Western Reserve University has led an academic-community partnership to support professional development for individuals who work as part of Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. The Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute (CCYWI) was initiated in 2008 as a professional development network that provided training and technical assistance for youth professionals and programs. The Institute is now housed within the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in the School of Medicine. It is part of a series of youth-focused projects underway at the PRCHN, oriented toward surveillance, evaluation, training, and technical assistance.

The Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute (CCYWI) provides professional development programming for the diverse youth-serving workforce. We utilize a theory into practice approach that is based on research, evidence-based and evidence-informed models, and best and promising practices. We encourage CCYWI participants to develop networks with one another to share and develop successful practices and to support the work of others in the field.


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Afterschool STEM Hub: Here, advocates for high-quality after school learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will discover the most effective ways to make the case for expanding and supporting afterschool STEM programs.

General Resources

America’s Promise Alliance – nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.

Appolicious – The education section of Appolicious is a listing of thousands of educational applications(free or low cost) with descriptions and reviews. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for something new, or just to check something out before you buy it.

Campaign for Black Male Achievement – regularly updated collection of knowledge sourced from various organizations

Child Trends – nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.

Child Welfare Information Gateway – tools for evaluating youth programs

Children’s Defense Fund – non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for nearly 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.

Corporation for National and Community Service – federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Measuring Youth Program Quality – a guide to assessment tools

National Institute of Out-of-School Time – has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building for nearly 30 years.

PerformWell – is a collaborative effort initiated by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions. By providing information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes, PerformWell helps human services practitioners deliver more effective social programs.

Planning for Life After High School – According to the landmark study ‘High Hopes, Long Odds,’ many students and families do not have the information and guidance they need to pursue their postsecondary goals and dreams. And yet, attaining additional education after high school is essential in the 21st century economy. Learn how best to help students attain the education and training they need to pursue their dreams in IYI’s latest Issue Brief, Planning for Life After High School.

Step It Up 2 Thrive – provides you with instructions and resources to help youth envision and work towards their full potential.

The Forum for Youth Investment – nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life.


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