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Do you need people certified but the closest site is not close enough?

Consider becoming a test site.  Many of our partnering organizations set up their own internal proctors to make it easier for their staff to become CYC certified.  CYCCB will work with you on training and approving someone to proctor exams and help with local promotion. Reach out to our office with your questions or needs.


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State-wide Certification for Hoosier Youth Workers

Youth workers across Indiana are leading the nation in obtaining their Child and Youth Care (CYC) Certifications. There are currently over 250 certified youth work practitioners in the state. Heather Richards, who serves as Program Manager for Blue River Services, believes that earning her CYC Certification reinforced her desire to work with children. Blue River Services is proudly working toward 100% of its staff members becoming CYC Certified.  As Heather explains, “We can offer a lot if we can show as a state that we are certified, and we are trying to do the best youth work we can!”

Administered by the Child & Youth Care Certification Board, CYC Certification is recognized across the United States and Canada and provides a framework for ongoing professional development, with multiple levels and renewal of certification. CYC practitioners demonstrate their knowledge and skills for certification through a process that includes an application, references, portfolio, and exam. Certification shows that youth workers have the skills to provide high-quality programs and are committed to developing happy, healthy kids. In Indiana, CYC Certification has replaced the former Indiana Youth Development (IYD) Credential to align with the national efforts of The Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc.

Heather first heard about CYC Certification through The Journey, a fellowship program designed to support youth workers through professional development and renewal. The program is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. and helped spark the growth of certification in the state. As a result of her experience with The Journey, Heather felt that earning her CYC Certification would set a great example for her staff. She further explains, as a supervisor “I believe that investing in your staff is the number one thing you can do, the thing you get the most return on.”


Other youth workers recognize the value of certification. Ashleigh Coster, Program Director at Intercollegiate YMCA says, “This process also does an amazing job to unite all of us into one interconnected network.” Cassie Wade, Family and Youth Services Director at Bauer Family Resources, shares that since obtaining her certification “promoting and professionalizing the field of youth work is now a passion of mine. This includes providing staff professional development opportunities, providing high-quality services, [and] incentivizing staff receiving their Child & Youth Care certification.”

The benefits of certification also bring challenges of how to recognize and reward employees who achieve and maintain their CYC. Some organizations propose giving bonuses or stipends, some are evaluating pay or classification incentives, and others are considering a combination of ideas. These organizations are looking to each other for suggestions and possibly a uniform approach. Even though the method is not consistent, the conversation shows the level of interest and commitment to certification, which will have positive outcomes for the field. No matter what recognition is implemented, employers and practitioners can include the statement “We employ CYC Certified Youth Workers” prominently on their websites, windows, and brochures.

CYC Certification is more than a stamp of approval; the process is personal. Ashleigh shares that the hardest parts were also the most rewarding. “The most challenging part was organizing all of the professional development I have taken part in over the years, but that was also one of the best things that came out of this process…The portfolio also challenged me to reflect over my career in order to answer the questions, and I found that process to be really incredible.”   

In partnership with the CYC Certification Board, Indiana Youth Services Association has implemented a revised process for certification with coaching from the Indiana CYC Director. The main goal of the project is to increase the number of candidates who go through to completion, and thus the number of Indiana certified practitioners, increasing the quality of youth programs overall across the state. During the first six months of this project, the completion rate increased by about 23%. The youth work practitioners certified in Indiana currently represent programs in mental health, juvenile justice, consulting/training, scouting, resource/referral, crisis centers, community/multi-service centers, state/children’s services, higher education, and schools/out-of-school-time.

Much of the continued success in Indiana is due to the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program. Erin Busk and Christen Peterson, 21st CCLC Grant Specialists at the IDOE, have both earned their CYC Certifications.  They are passionate about creating high-quality out-of-school-time programming for Hoosier youth. As a result, they have collaborated with the Indiana Youth Services Association to provide support to all 21st CCLC program administrators, coordinators, and direct service staff to obtain their CYC Certification free of charge.  The candidates are very appreciative of the commitment from IDOE. As Cassie states, “Their support is a sign of their commitment to the field, youth workers, and Indiana youth.” With the support of Indiana Youth Services Association, The Journey, and the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana has the potential to double or triple its number of certified youth workers and create a stronger network of practitioners who positively impact youth.

At the end of 2018, Indiana officially doubled its number of certified youth workers since 2017.   More info on certification in Indiana is available on the CYC page of the IYSA website:

OACYC Expands Student Amplifiers Higher Ed Initiative

The Student Amplifier Committee of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) started in 2016. Theresa Fraser, former board member, and association executive had the idea to connect students more to the OACYC and the board.  She wanted students in Ontario to be aware of their professional association and their connection to professionalism, ethics, advocacy, and other CYC-Ps.

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OACYC invites each post-secondary institution in Ontario that provides CYC education to have representation on the Ontario Student Amplifier Provincial Committee. Each institution is invited to nominate two students.  Post-Secondary Education programs that have four-year programs are invited to nominate three amplifiers.

The amplifiers started with 8 students from 6 different colleges in the first year.  In 2017/2018, they increased to 27 amplifiers from 13 different colleges/universities. The most recent Student Amplifier team (2018/2019) consisted of 34 amplifiers from 15 colleges/universities.

The role of Student Amplifiers is to be a connecting voice between CYC students and the OACYC.  The OACYC represents both graduated CYC’s and those currently engaged in formal education. The Student Amplifier program was established to both share information about the OACYC with post-secondary students and faculty, as well as bring student voices back to the OACYC.

Amplifiers complete presentations at the college level, promote association membership at job fairs as well as participate in Provincial Conferences. They can support student inquiries and collaborate with the OACYC to address these. Their experience in the Amplifier program also prepares them for future committee and board work both with their own association and others.  

The OACYC will continue to strive to bring student voices into the association because they believe in CYC students and the importance of providing them with the awareness of their professional association as they transition into the profession.

OACYC is a partnering association of CYCCB.  Members are encouraged to certify at the CYC-P level.  For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Connect the Dots

CYC Competencies Connected to Search Institute
40 Developmental Assets

Connecting the Dots is a significant effort to bring research informed understanding of assets into more general use across the field of child and youth work practice by creating a cross-walk to the CYC Certification Competencies.  As such, it will benefit practitioners in early childhood, juvenile justice, after school, disabilities, congregate and foster care, child welfare, education, and many other settings. This work was undertaken by the Bartholomew County Council for Youth Development in collaboration with CYCCB.  This is an effort to invest in a future where children, youth, and families are served by CYC professionals who benefit from the sharing of our best ideas across all settings.

Connecting the Dots is intended to serve as a reference document for practitioners and program managers in the child and youth care field. You will find each of the CYCCB Competencies listed in a table. Then, to the right, notation of which Developmental Assets can be associated with that Competency, including the asset type (External or Internal), the asset category, and finally the specific Developmental Asset(s) name.

The document can inform individual practice by affirming that efforts to use the Competencies also build child and youth assets. It can also recognize organizations seeking support for their program efforts by showing funders and supporters how use of professional child and youth care workers, grounded in the CYC Competencies, increases the likelihood for program success in enhancing the fundamental building blocks of positive youth development.

The complete document is available for download and can be reprinted and used without further permission if citation of source and copyright is included.



The Child and Youth Care Certification Board is seeking interested candidates for:

  • ·        Research Committee Chair
  • ·        Research Committee Members

The primary work of the committee is to:

  • Propose and coordinate the CYCCB research agenda.
  • Review proposed surveys prior to distribution to ensure credibility, usability, and avoid redundancy.
  • Serve as a resource to CYCCB practitioners interested in research. Make recommendations for improving research as requested..
  • Coordinate and serve as a clearinghouse for research focused on child and youth care professional development and credentialing.

The individuals who engage in this important committee will contribute to the further professionalization of the field by supporting research and evaluation focused on:

  • The CYCCB certification process
  • Promoting the field of Child & Youth Work,  
  • Developing an action plan for the coming year
  • Engage in the existing efforts of the research committee:
  • Review and evaluate data from the CYCCB database of certified individuals and those seeking certification
    • Review data from certification survey – identify next steps to utilizing this data to gather info on experiences with the certification process
    • A publication summarizing the growth of Youth Work in Indiana  

Those with an interest in the committee who have an interest and experience engaging in research and program evaluation should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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