Youth Development Specialist Core

This program is designed for incoming Youth Development Specialists. Learners are given an overview of all Department of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ) policies and procedures to be followed as a condition of employment with the agency. They also participate in all training topics mandated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), including Child Abuse Maltreatment, Identification and Reporting, OSHA, CPR/BFA, and the newly identified Safe Crisis Management program. In addition, they participate in facility tour observations, LGBTQ training, Prevention, Detection and Response to Sexual Misconduct (PREA) training, New York City Approach (NYCA) Institute training, and Suicide Awareness & Preventive training. They also receive training in resident supervision, professionalism, group management, decision-making techniques, building relationships, and other ancillary, but necessary, functions of providing care and management of pre-adjudicated youth in DYFJ.


Who Should Attend?

Newly hired or transferred Youth Development Specialists.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Become familiar with Division of Youth and Family Justice childcare policies and procedures.
  • Be educated on the mandated training topics and guidelines to be followed as a condition of employment with ACS.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • A 32-day combined virtual and in-person training.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants must be able to satisfactorily complete this foundational training course to become Youth Development Specialists


Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.



Staff should contact their staff development coordinators to register for this course.