Youth-serving agencies serve huge numbers of kids in the U.S. but few youth workers come with specific knowledge of youth development and agency budgets tend to have few dollars for staff training. While training and credentialing of all youth workers remains an aspiration, trained or not, workers need ready access to research-based knowledge and practices and E-QYP provides both. Whether read as a whole or accessed for just-in-time information, E-QYP is a timely, valuable and much-needed resource.
E-QYP bridges the gap between the world of ideas and the world of action, giving a solid science basis for actually working with youth; coupled with engaging and value-added activities that further positive youth development. I see E-QYP as being ideal for “bringing alive” the textbook world. More generally, there are many people who work with youth who have “good will” but know little about “good practices” of working with those youth. E-QYP grounds them in solid child and youth development science, and then leads them to effective practices.
Having worked with children and adolescents for more than twenty years, I appreciate having a user-friendly and research-based reference to check age-appropriate characteristics, strategies, and resources at my fingertips. I have found E-QYP to be a valuable tool in my work as a therapist as well as in my current position as the Director of Training for our State’s Juvenile Justice Services. With the responsibility for training our more than 1,000 staff and case managers who work with youth in secure care, detention centers, and youth services centers statewide, I have utilized E-QYP in training presentations for content, and facility settings as questions arise. E-QYP is a reminder that materials based on research can be visually appealing and easy to understand.
E-QYP is researched-based and a great child developmental resource for child and youth care workers, therapists, counselors, teachers, foster parents and a host of other professionals providing child welfare, residential, community-based, mental health, education, and community/recreational services. E-QYP positions critical child and adolescent developmental content right at the fingertips of students, volunteers, and professionals, allowing quick and easy access to a range of information and practical approaches.
E-QYP is well researched, and I like how all the information is laid out for the reader. I especially appreciate its emphasis on the importance of engaging children collaboratively, and helping children develop age-appropriate independence and problem-solving skills at every stage of development.
I have been using the EQYP application for a few months and have found it to be a dynamic and useful tool. In my position as a Psychologist, I have shared this application with other associates in the school system and they have found it to be just as useful. As we work together as a team to evaluate and provide interventions for children, this tool is one of the first that we use. The suggested activities for children of all ages help us to come up with interventions/strategies that we can use with our students as well as with interventions that we can recommend to parents. It is definitely a tool that I don’t want to be without.
We discovered a remarkable handbook for working with youth! Written by William B. Kearney, Equipping Quality Youth Development Professionals is a complete guide to working with kids of all ages, although I focused most on the teen section, since I work with several groups of teens from around the world in varying contexts. The book is easy to read, full of excellent suggestions, and serves as a manual you can return to again and again. I highly recommend it!