About YWI

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What is the Youth Worker Institute?

The Youth Worker Institute (YWI) is an innovative pilot project focused on training and professional development for service providers working with homeless youth and young adults in King County. Through this project, we hope to:

  • Prepare staff across King County with the skills and tools necessary to provide consistently high quality services to young people
  • Provide career development opportunities to direct service staff, and
  • Increase collaboration and learning by changing the way we work together

Curriculum focuses on expanding the heartset, mindset and skillset of direct service staff working with RHYAA (runaway and homeless youth and young adults) in King County. The YWI offers both foundational training on best practice topics through the (Fundamentals Series) and more advanced training opportunities through the (Skills Workshop Series).

Participants join a network of direct service staff across nine youth-serving agencies in King County. We support you so you can better support young people.

What is the YWI Mission?

We believe that young people experiencing homelessness deserve the highest quality of services possible. To make that happen, every staff member needs access to consistent, cohesive professional development and support. Providing those skills and training opportunities is critical to our community’s effort to support young people toward sustainable, stable and independent futures.

Who’s Involved?

The YWI is a pilot program led by YouthCare that includes Friends of Youth, Nexus Youth and Family, the Accelerator YMCA, New Horizons, Street Youth Ministries, ROOTs Young Adult Shelter, TeenFeed, and Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS).

Read more about our upcoming Fundamentals Series here and our Skills Workshops Series here.

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