Welcome to The Professional Youth Worker, powered by YIPA, a non-profit association of youth-serving organizations. We're your source for exceptional, affordable, personal and professional online learning. It's our mission to help you and your team build your skills and boost your passion for serving young people. YIPA membership is amazingly affordable. Join us!
The art and science of youth work certificate course.

The Art and Science of Youth Work certificate blends technical competency with personal growth strategies so you'll be your best for young people.

The passionate youth worker podcast.

The Passionate Youth Worker podcast provides needed inspiration so you and your team are fully present in your service to young people.

Live online and on-demand trainings.
You and your team have unlimited access to Live and On-Demand online training to improve a youth worker's knowledge, skills, and confidence.
The quick takes youth worker blog.
The Quick Takes blog offers youth work insights and ideas you can grab and go to stay in the know. Quick Takes for busy youth workers.

Competency Framework

Eight small cogs surrounding one large cog

A diverse group of grass-roots YIPA members collaborated and concluded that there are eight essential focus areas for youth work excellence. That’s how we created the competency framework for The Professional Youth Worker. Our signature training, The Art & Science of Youth Work, is a comprehensive course to earn a certificate in these fundamentals. And then each individual training allows you to expand your knowledge, skills, and confidence in those focus areas. Our resources will help you and your entire team become great youth workers. Join us!

What YIPA Members are Saying

The Art & Science of Youth Work certificate course is an essential part of onboarding new staff. We also use The Professional Youth Worker for other learning opportunities during brown bag lunches and staff meetings.
Patrice O'Leary, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
The learning opportunities increase our counselors’ capacity to engage youth within a holistic framework. We appreciate the breadth of the topics which helps us become better all around youth workers.
Laurel James, Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, Waldorf, MD
Our team definitely benefits from our YIPA membership. The quality of online learning is excellent and very cost efficient. All the learning opportunities are relevant to youth workers everywhere. It's great to know that we are able to access all of this remotely, no matter where we are.
Angela Hill, Children’s Centre, Ontario, CA
The podcasts, blogs, and training provide our team everything we need to deliver great youth work to the young people in our programs.
Deb Nebosis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud, MN