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Statewide Youth Services Training Courses

The Statewide Youth Services Training Project (YST) is staffed by professionals from several disciplines who are knowledgeable about Youth Service issues, and experienced in training and working with agencies in the areas of program design and development. YST is a multi-service program developed to support those who are working to prepare youth to live self-sufficiently.

The following target populations working with youth, can access YST supportive resources:

  • Foster/adoptive parents
  • Foster care agency staff, caseworkers, supervisors and child care workers
  • Local District Social Services (LDSS) staff
  • OCFS Licensed Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter staff
  • OCFS Child Welfare and Community Services (CWCS), Youth Development and Partnerships for Success (YDAPS), and the Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) staff 
  • Youth Bureau staff

Course List

  • Foundational
    • Promoting Positive Youth Development and Well-Being (PPYD)
    • Life Skills Toolbox
  • Topic Specific 
    • Adolescent Sexuality: Promoting Sexual Health and Sexual Responsibility
    • Boundaries: Setting Limits and Sharing Safely
    • Bullying: Spot It, Stop It!
    • Career Services to Best Meet the Needs of Youth in Care Workshop
    • Creating LifePaks with Youth in Care
    • Creating Youth Leaders
    • Essential Communication Skills for Working with Youth
    • Identifying and Supporting Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Part 1
    • Identifying and Supporting Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Part 2
    • Motivating and Engaging Youth
    • Permanency Options for Youth in Care
    • Preparing Youth for Employment
    • Preparing Youth in Care for the College Experience
    • Street Smarts: Safety Skills for Youth in Care
    • Supporting Youth in Effective Money Management
    • Transition Plan: Helping Youth in Care Plan for Their Future
    • Work Readiness Training: Transferable Skills for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
    • Working with LGBTQ+ Youth