Youth Development Certificate

The Great Plains IDEA youth development program has its roots in Positive Youth Development. Rather than focusing solely on corrective measures, a Positive Youth Development approach equips young people in the second decade of life with the skills and opportunities necessary for successful transition into adulthood.  This approach promotes positive outcomes for all youth by recognizing their strengths, fostering positive relationships, and providing youth with opportunities to learn, lead, connect and serve.

Certificates available in Youth Development or Youth Development Management & Evaluation.  A graduate certificate can complement a master’s degree in a related field such as education, social work, or other human services, or provide working professionals with additional skills needed to advance their career.

Curriculum

Youth Development

HDFS 710Foundations of Youth Development3
HDFS 711Youth Development3
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Positive Youth Development in Community Settings
Adolescents and Their Families
Contemporary Youth Issues 1
Youth Culture
Youth Policy
Youth-Adult Relationships
Graduate Seminar 1
Total Credits12

Youth Development Management & Evaluation 

HDFS 710Foundations of Youth Development3
HDFS 717Design and Evaluation of Youth Programs3
HDFS 718Youth Development Personnel and Program Management3
Select one course from the following: 3
Positive Youth Development in Community Settings
Contemporary Youth Issues 1
Youth Policy
Graduate Seminar 1
Total Credits12