As part of our youth leadership development, CYC members learn how to be effective, dynamic trainers. Members facilitate all workshops at our two youth-led conferences, and also provide trainings for policymakers, child welfare workers, foster parents, and others in their local communities.
CYC members who would like to further develop their training and facilitation skills can join our Y.O.U.T.H. (Youth Offering Unique Tangible Help) Training Project (YTP). An extraordinary collaboration between current and former foster youth ages 16-24, child welfare professionals, and youth-serving organizations, YTP empowers transition-age foster youth—who are experts in navigating the foster care system—to develop and deliver trainings in best practices for professionals who support transition-age youth.
Led by a staff of former foster youth, YTP is the first child welfare training program developed and delivered entirely by current and former foster youth. A national model for the design and delivery of youth-led training of all kinds, YTP has provided technical assistance and advice to numerous groups developing constituent-driven training programs. YTP was the first program to use digital storytelling as a child welfare training and empowerment tool, an approach that has been replicated by many other programs across the country. Staff and youth trainers are frequently invited to present keynote and plenary addresses at child welfare and youth development conferences.
Since 2000, YTP has trained, employed, and supported more than 140 youth who have in turn trained over 7,500 child welfare professionals on the needs of foster youth and the practices that best support them.