WCYB is committed to offering Professional Development opportunities to support our funded youth development programs. All workshops are offered locally in Westchester County and are offered at no cost to participants. The 2018 fall and winter offerings are listed and described below. In addition, below the current offerings list, are topics that can be requested.

For more information on professional development opportunities, or to request a training topic, contact the Youth Bureau.


Description for the Fall/Winter offerings

Sept. 20: Grant Seeking: Find Me the Money

Presented by Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC, President, Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Grant Writer and Marketing Consultant, Howie Marketing and Consulting

Successful organizations have diverse, robust grant plans that include a variety of government, foundation, corporate and other funding streams. This course will provide an overview of the various types of funding sources available and will help you determine which funding stream is the most appropriate for your organization/project.  It will also focus on the grant seeking process including grants planning and valuable grant searching tools/resources that will enhance your grant seeking efforts.

Oct. 5: The Effects of Technology on Children

Co-sponsored by the Child Care Council of Westchester, the School Age Directors Network, and The Westchester County Youth Bureau

Presented by Dr. Mark Bertin, MD, Board Certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College

Children and youth today are surrounded by technology. Are you wondering how to help them navigate our new tech-driven world? Unsure what place technology should have in the experiences you provide them?  This presentation will focus on how technology can affect children, and how you, as caregivers, can help. Dr. Bertin is going to present research on the effects of technology on children/youth and discuss how programs can support healthy development in the tech-driven world in which children/youth now live.

Oct. 24 and 25: ANYSYB, 48th Annual Youth Development Training Conference

Co-sponsored by The Association of NYS Youth Bureaus & The Coalition for Homeless Youth

Youth development experts from across the state will convene to offer a diverse selection of workshops on a variety of youth development topics and best practices within the field. The event will also feature a networking opportunity for youth development professionals to share ideas with colleagues and Office for Children and Family Services staff.

Nov. 15: Immigration Law

Presented by Carola Bracco, Executive Director, Neighbors Link

This presentation will focus on the Immigration Law and implications on newly immigrated families in Westchester County. The presenter will also discuss resources for newly immigrated families with children and helpful tools that can be used when working with families affected by immigration related issues.

Dec. 7: Results Based Accountability

Presented by Karen Finn, Vice President of Professional Services, Clear Impact

This workshop will introduce program staff to the Results-Based Accountability approach, which will assist with youth development outcome measurement.  In addition, RBA is being used by the Westchester County Youth Bureau to create measurable change for programs funded through Invest In Kids and Office for Children and Families.


Other topics of interest

Frontline and Direct Care Staff

Adolescent Development
Creating Youth Leaders in Your Agency
Cultural Competency
Current Youth Trends
Elements of Successful Youth Programs
Measuring Program Efficacy & Tracking Outcomes
Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care Practices
Runaway and Homeless Youth
Tips for Working with Resistant Youth
WCYB Web Based Reporting System Training
Working with LGBTQ Youth
Working with Newly Immigrated Families
Youth and Technology

Administrative and Management

Elements of Successful Youth Programs
Grant Seeking
Grant Writing
Measuring Program Efficacy & Tracking Outcomes
WCYB Fiscal Procedures/Claims
WCYB Web Based Reporting System Training