Our Program . . .
FNC has been the regional sponsor site for BESTPhilly since 1996 offering training and technical assistance, as well as providing access to resources, professional development opportunities and organizational policies that support youth development. The Federation sponsors several different BEST initiatives, among them the popular three curricula, Advancing Youth Development, Emotional Intelligence and Supervising Youth Development Practice. With the support of the US Department of Labor, the Federation also launched BEST Apprentices in 2001 to establish a professional career track for youth workers in the State of Pennsylvania. BESTPhilly Apprentices is a program that provides professional training, mentoring and career growth opportunities for youth workers. BEST Apprentices also offers youth workers the opportunity to obtain national certification as Youth Development Practitioners.
Through BESTPhilly trainings and with ongoing assistance from FNC, youth-serving agencies learn about and find ways to adapt their programs to support a youth development approach. This means they learn about concepts and approaches to working with young people that draw upon their capacities, strengths and developmental needs. This approach helps strengthen the ways that youth-serving agencies do business, by making their staff more attuned to not only the desires, but the resources that youth inherently possess.
Our Impact . . .
In the past two years, FNC has trained over 125 individuals in the Youth Development Practices model and has expanded its opportunities to include a Training of Facilitators program to increase its pool of certified trainers. In 2011, the Federation also expanded the scope of its BESTPhilly trainings to other agency staff, among them
Executive, Development, Human Resource and Senior Program staff by offering training in census data collection and analysis. Additionally, the Federation is testing a training module on Social Youth Entrepreneurship to address the need for workforce development skills in this area.
In 2011, BEST achieved the following outcomes with respect to the quality of its training programs:
- 85% of participants reported average to high satisfaction that the objectives were clear and met their expectations.
- 100% of participants reported average to high satisfaction with the reading and text provided.
- 95% of participants reported above average satisfaction with the instructors’ ability to teach and communicate clearly and succinctly.
- 90% of participants reported average to high satisfaction with the instructors’ openness and responsiveness to students’ questions.
- 95% of participants reported average to high satisfaction with the instructor’s knowledge and ability to translate information.
- 90% of participants reported average to high satisfaction with usefulness of course material and tips provided by the instructor.
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