WHAT are the YSPs/KSAs?
The Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge Skills, and Abilities (YSPs/KSAs) are the key competencies that adults need to work directly with youth, including youth with disabilities. Interactive YSPs/KSAs training sessions equip staff to support transition-age youth (ages 14 – 26) to reach their educational, employment, and independent living goals. Organizations, agencies, and cross-sector partners can request all nine YSPs/KSAs modules for training or select specific topics in a combination that fits program goals and the professional development needs of staff.
Youth Service Professionals (YSPs) support the transition of youth and young adults to school, work, and independent living. YSPs work across many fields and settings, including: transition services, career counseling, middle and high schools, American Job Centers, social services, healthcare, vocational rehabilitation, foster care, juvenile justice, and a range of community support services. YSPs include direct service staff, managers, and administrators who support the successful transition of young people into adulthood.
HOW can you use YSPs/KSAs to reach your goals?
"The training was inspiring. It was great to see professionals in the field from all over the state deliver topics with passion, humor, and keeping the humanity of those we serve as the main focus.”
-Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, New York
"The trainings gave us a common language, deepened the partnership among our three agencies, and increased cooperation. We are incorporating the materials into future agency trainings."
-NY Department of Labor Administrator
Contact our YSPs/KSAs training team by email at CWD@iel.org.