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 Welcome to the

Center for Youth Development Professionals

CYDP Guiding Principles

The Center for Youth Development Professionals (CYDP) exists to offer high-quality professional development experiences for adults that work with youth in Philadelphia. We believe that learning should be relevant, engaging, and empowering.

The reality is over the years, high-quality, engaging and meaningful professional development opportunities have been harder and harder to come by, yet staff is asked to do more and more to support, mentor, educate, empower and care for young people.

Staff of youth-serving non-profits do some of society's most important work. Whether in child care centers, sports-based youth development programs, recreation centers, summer camps or Out-of-School Time (OST) programs, all programs require well trained and well supported staff. Youth deserve well trained and well supported staff.

Offerings are aligned with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Core Competencies for Youth Workers and Supervisors of Youth Workers because research shows well trained, prepared and supported staff have an impact on program quality.

CYDP is supported by and is a partner with Rustin Urban Community Change AxiS (RUCCAS)

a university-community center housed at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at West Chester University

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