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Nebraska school age and youth development core competencies

Nebraska School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies

Webinar by:

Michelle Krehbiel

Kim Larson

January 18, 2011

Goal of competencies
Goal of Competencies

Nebraska’s School-Age and Youth Development Professional Core Competencies are voluntary, and designed to promote professionalism in the field of youth development.

Vision for core competencies
Vision for Core Competencies

All children and youth in Nebraska have caregivers, youth development workers, and teachers who are well prepared, knowledgeable, and possess the necessary tools to help the children and youth, with whom they work, reach their full potential.

Document link
Document Link

Nebraska School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies are located at:

Core competencies are based on these premises
Core Competencies Are Based on These Premises:

  • Youth require a supportive environment in which to develop.

  • Cultural diversity impacts child and youth development.

  • Quality out-of-school programs support connections between school day, afterschool, and home.

In other words
In Other Words…..

The core competencies are about creating a quality school-age and youth worker.

Core competencies apply to all
Core Competencies Apply to All

Core competencies provide a broad categorization of knowledge and skills that apply across all roles in the school-age and youth development field.

Definitions in the document
Definitions in the Document

  • School-age includes youth between five and ten years of age.

  • Youth includes young adults between 11 and 18 years of age.

  • Youth development is the process that all young people go through on the way to adulthood, and includes those between 11-18 years of age.

A team of professionals in the field developed the core competencies
A Team of Professionals in the Field Developed the Core Competencies

  • Core Competencies Leadership Team

  • Core Competencies Writing Team

  • Core Competencies Review Team

Core competencies and 21 st cclc program goals
Core Competencies and 21 Competenciesst CCLC Program Goals

The core competency document addresses two of the three 21st CCLC program goals:

  • Increase social benefits and positive behavioral changes.

  • Increase family and community engagement in supporting student’s education.

    But NOT…

  • Improve student learning performance in one or more core academic areas.

Nebraska s core competency levels
Nebraska’s Core Competency Levels Competencies

  • The Core Competencies are divided into three levels of skills.

    • Entry

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

  • The levels build upon each other.

  • Professionals may be at different levels within the core knowledge areas depending on their background experience and training.

  • Definition of levels
    Definition of Levels Competencies

    • Entry Level: Skills needed by those new to the field.

    • Intermediate level: Skills you would expect to see after two to three years of working in the field.

    • Advanced level: Skills you would see in someone in the field for three or more years, who is knowledgeable about the research, best practices, and effective services.

    How the levels work
    How the Levels Work Competencies

    • The skills and knowledge needed increase with each level.

    • A person might be at one level in one competency area, and at another level in another competency area.


    • People who are at level 2 should be able to do everything in levels 1 and 2.

    Core competency areas
    Core Competency Areas Competencies

    Nebraska’s School-Age and Youth Development Professional Core Competencies are divided into six areas of core knowledge and skills.

    • Growth and development

    • Health, safety, and nutrition

    • Relationships

    • Learning

    • Professionalism

    • Administration

    Core knowledge area a growth and development
    Core Knowledge Area A: CompetenciesGrowth and Development

    Knowledge of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of youth.

    Core knowledge area b health safety and nutrition
    Core Knowledge Area B: CompetenciesHealth, Safety, and Nutrition

    • Ensures that professionals promote…

      • healthy eating

      • safe and active lifestyles

      • safe materials, facilities, and equipment

    • Knowledge of federal and state compliance regulations pertaining to working with youth.

    Core knowledge area c relationships
    Core Knowledge Area C: CompetenciesRelationships

    Builds respectful relationships with youth, families, and staff.

    Core knowledge area d learning
    Core Knowledge Area D: CompetenciesLearning

    Creates a safe and enriching learning environment with an array of opportunities for learning.

    Core knowledge area e professionalism
    Core Knowledge Area E: CompetenciesProfessionalism

    Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct and a lifelong commitment to learning.

    Core knowledge area f administration
    Core Knowledge Area F: CompetenciesAdministration

    Implements a program in a manner that reflects research-based practices, a commitment to continuous quality improvement, sound financial practices, and visionary leadership.

    Ways a program director could use the core competencies
    Ways a Program Director Could Use the Core Competencies… Competencies

    • Assist in describing job skills of staff.

    • Promote professional growth.

      • Self-reflection

      • Staff evaluation

    • Specific levels of training/education for individual jobs.

    Brainstorming Individual Jobs

    What are some ways that you could envision using the Nebraska School-Age and Youth Development Competencies in your program?

    Contact information
    Contact Information Individual Jobs

    Kim Larson

    21st Century Community Learning Centers

    Coordinator of Professional Development


    Additional positive youth development staff training
    Additional Positive Youth Development Staff Training Individual Jobs

    By: UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development Office

    For: Afterschool staff

    Topics covered:

    • Positive youth development (2 hours)

    • Youth as leaders (2 hours)

    • Youth as teachers (2 hours)

    • Service learning (2 hours)

      Cost: None

      Timeline: Training must be completed by May 31, 2010


      Michelle Krehbiel

      UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development