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!

Options For Youth Support Worker Training

A significant challenge for youth program leaders is building highly trained and motivated teams. YIPA is your partner in fulfilling your mission by offering exceptional personal and professional development opportunities and training for youth workers. We provide live online training for youth workers and recorded webinars in our extensive On-Demand library of trainings.
Join us. You’ll feel a sense of community and appreciation in every interaction you have with your YIPA team.

Variety of Youth Support Worker Training Options

YIPA’s youth worker training has options to meet the needs of various learning preferences. Our signature training is The Art and Science of Youth Work certificate course. Earn your certificate in youth work with our online, self-paced, comprehensive overview of what all youth workers need to know.
The Passionate Youth Worker podcast is your invitation to ignite or maintain your passion for supporting young people. You’ll be inspired to lean into your own life experiences by listening to the stories of amazing youth workers from around the globe. The podcast goes beyond working with young people training to help you bring your whole self to your work.
You’re busy! Our Quick Takes Youth Work Blog is your go-to source for insights and ideas you can grab in just three minutes or so. It is an ideal supplement for working with at-risk youth training because our blogs cover broad range of topics targeted to your work with young people.
Our entire suite of learning resources is available 24/7, 365 days a year. YIPA members enjoy unlimited access to a wide range of learning options. YIPA is your solution for introducing new skills to your team and providing ongoing professional development training for youth workers.
The variety and options help youth workers develop and maintain their knowledge, skills, and confidence to be the most effective youth advocate they can be. To learn more about becoming a member or about The Professional Youth Worker suite of learning opportunities, reach out to us today.

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