What Makes a Good Youth Worker? Ongoing Training, Especially on Evidence-based Practices

Photograph of Nathan Ferreira

We’ve all seen effective youth workers in action. They’re able to make meaningful connections and relate to young people in ways that make them feel understood and valued. What is it that makes these youth workers so successful?

In our new video series, we asked youth workers for the answer. Together, they make a powerful argument for selflessness, open-mindedness and other personal qualities that can help youth workers make a difference in the lives of young people in their programs.

In the last video in this series, Nathan Ferreira of Promising Futures in Noblesville, IN, says youth workers need to be devoted to serving youth from diverse backgrounds and keep up with the latest evidence-based practices.

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