Training youth program staff on the importance of cultural responsiveness and humility: Current status and future directions in professional development

Adeya N Richmond, Jacqueline Braughton, Lynne M Borden

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Abstract

Youth programs play an integral role in fostering positive youth development; therefore, it is important to ensure the youth program staff are well-trained to deliver high-quality programming. Professional development of youth program staff often includes training on the diversity among youth and their families as well as within their communities. However, a review of the literature on youth program staff professional development indicated very few training programs that teach staff how to integrate the cultural assets, beliefs, and values of youth and their families. Recent literature has suggested that education on diversity and equality is not sufficient to yield culturally responsive and humble direct service providers, such as youth program staff. This paper reviews the importance of culture in positive youth development, youth programs, and professional development of staff. Recommendations on how best to integrate cultural responsiveness and humility in professional development of youth program staff is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume93
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Professional development
  • Youth program staff
  • Youth programs

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