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Webinar: Your Role In Retaining Good Youth Workers
April 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
High staff turnover is a problem that continues to plague the field of Youth Intervention. Despite the known risks to program sustainability and youth success, there is still too little being done to ensure youth worker retention. The fact that youth workers enter the field from a variety of pathways, and with varying levels of formal education or training, creates challenges for on-boarding and cultivating great workers. For many young adults, part-time direct-service youth work is a first job and they might not recognize their position as a destination career, with opportunities for promotion.
Retaining great youth workers has measurable benefits; it creates stability for youth, lowers turnover-related costs, and develops a vital store of institutional knowledge. By supporting new youth workers’ professional development, and providing promotional opportunities for more experienced workers, we keep exceptional talent in the field. The result would bring about real transformation and drive the entire youth work profession forward.
Whether you’re a frontline youth worker or a program manager, there are strategies you can learn to help yourself and your organization. In this training you will learn the negative consequences of high staff turnover and the benefits of youth worker retention. You will learn to identify barriers to retention and strategies for supporting new youth workers. Register now for this important training. We all have a role in retaining great youth workers.
- Understand the harm of high staff turnover and the benefits of youth worker retention
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s staff development and retention efforts
- Learn interpersonal and organization-specific strategies that support youth worker retention
Meghann Gordon holds a BA in English and Education from Smith College and an MA in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been involved in nonprofit youth work for ten years and is proud to have supervised entry-level youth workers who have gone on to youth-focused careers including social workers, teachers, teacher assistants, and youth program coordinators. Meghann believes in supporting new youth workers in developing their skills and confidence in order to build up the entire field of youth work. In 2016, she received the STEP-UP Supervisor of the Year award for her work with two teenage interns. She is currently a Youth & Teen Program Coordinator with CommonBond Communities where professional staff and trained volunteers provide an array of youth services including one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, tutoring and homework help and recreation activities. Meghann lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, son, and elderly Cocker Spaniel.