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The Indiana Youth Development (IYD) Credential

Indiana YouthPRO Association has set the major goal of increasing the competence of the people working with children through out-of-school-time programs throughout Indiana.

One of the objectives has been to outline a framework for youth worker professional development and training that can be put into action by administrators and front line staff in every part of the state.

The work has included defining six levels of expertise ranging from entry-level exploration to experts focusing on policies and the national movement toward youth worker competency.

"A Professional Development Plan for Indiana’s Youth Workers"

Indiana children need safe, caring places to go during their out-of-school hours. As this need grows, there will be an increase in the need for qualified, well-trained youth development professionals.

The IYD Credential provides a competency based process to professionally recognize an individual's knowledge and skills. A person who earns the IYD Credential has demonstrated that they have the skills and knowledge to meet the Core Competencies of the Credential and are able to apply these skills and knowledge in specific program settings. The IYD Credential provides an opportunity for adults working with youth to gain professional recognition of job competence.

The IYD Credential was initially created with the support of many individuals and organizations throughout Indiana working with the Indiana School Age Consortium (ISAC). In January 2007, ISAC became the Indiana YouthPRO Association (YouthPRO).

YouthPRO administers the IYD Credential as a statewide effort to improve the quality of youth professional skills and abilities. Indiana is the eleventh state to develop this type of credentialing process and is the only state to combine competencies that recognize skills in both youth development and child care professions.

YouthPRO is an affiliate of the National After-School Association. YouthPRO works with higher education institutions such as the Ivy Tech Community Colleges throughout the state and with T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood© INDIANA.

Iyd Credential
Ellen Clippinger Founder & CEO of AYS, Inc. and
Marta Fetterman, Executive Director, Indiana YouthPRO,
with their IYP Credential Certificates.


Ivy Tech Community College Indiana Youth Development Professional Certificate

The IYD documents in this section of our site have been updated!

Download the IYP brochure.



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