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Center for Experiential Learning


Community Youth Support Initiative

Professional Development Workshops

This initiative aims to support the community-based organizations, youth workers, non-profit professionals and student employees working to improve the lives of urban young people, especially those from under-served communities and at-risk populations.


Community-based organizations, university students, and volunteers can take advantage of several professional and community development opportunities offered through the Community Youth Support Initiative. These opportunities include: professional development workshops for those working with youth, web-based resource sharing, and community building activities.


Through this initiative we strive to have deep, reciprocal relationships with community partners in order to build capacity and facilitate a greater impact on our community.


Professional Development Workshops   

We will collaborate with community-based organizations to provide appropriate professional development workshops for student employees and supervisors. By learning the basics of youth development and other important youth worker competencies, student employees better understand the educational, developmental, and social justice aspects of their work in the community. These competency-focused workshops help students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide high quality out-of-school time programming to young people.


Fall 2011 Workshops:

Introduction to Youth Development - Facilitated by City Year Chicago

Building Relationships with Young People - Facilitated by City Year Chicago


Spring 2012 Panels:

March 2012 - Promoting Youth Health Wellness featuring:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Common Threads
  • Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention
  • Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • MGR Foundation
  • Playworks
  • Urban Initiatives


April 2012 - Engaging Youth in Leadership featuring:

  • About Face Youth Theater
  • Concordia Place
  • Gads Hill Center
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  • Mikva Challenge
  • Posse Foundation Chicago


Web-Based Resource Sharing


The Community Youth Support Initiative publishes a monthly electronic newsletter for youth workers and those interested in working with young people. Our newsletter shares information about community events, conferences, workshops, webinars, advanced educational opportunities and relevant articles.


If you are interested in receiving this free newsletter, please complete this form.


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December 2011

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If you are interested in learning more about The Community Youth Support Initiative, our free youth worker newsletter, or the professional development opportunities for youth workers

 contact Ashley Slupski, Community Youth Support Specialist, at Aslupski@luc.eduor at 773.508.3366.

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