WHAT are the YSPs/KSAs?
The Youth Service Professionals, Knowledge Skills and Abilities (YSPKSA) is a set of nine training modules adapted to a youth serving field.
The training delivers a varied set of opportunities, supports, and services to a diverse population of young people. The Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (YSP/KSAs) capture the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by Youth Service Professionals. The YSP/KSAs include nine six-hour training modules; a set of overarching skills that ensure the safety and inclusion of all youth are woven throughout the modules.
Youth Service Professionals (YSP) are adults who work directly with young people, ages 14 – 25, to reach youth development outcomes. YSPs support young people’s transition to continuing education, employment, and independent living opportunities.
Examples of YSP's:
“It [youth development] helps to understand the barriers and limitations they have to employment. Also, if we understand them better, we can help the employer better understand their needs.”
--Former YSP-KSA Module 1 Training Participant
“I feel empowered to help more students, assist my community partner, and to sell myself better as a resource.”
--Former YSP-KSA Module 6 Training Participant
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