VCU Community Engagement News

Center for Community Engagement and Impact

By Jenny Pedraza, APR

For out-of-school time professionals in the Richmond region, staying on top of professional development and continuing to learn best practices in youth development is easier than ever. 

The Virginia Commonwealth University Mary and Frances Youth Center (MFYC) has announced a dynamic training schedule for youth professionals offered through The Toolbox, a youth development training community launched by MFYC this past June. MFYC is housed in the VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI).

This spring, The Toolbox will offer Active Shooter and Youth Mental Health First Aid, in addition to a line-up of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), including SEL Essentials and Foundations and Self Awareness of Social Development, Emotional Development and Cognitive Development. The first course starts March 24, and registration costs range from free to $50 per person. Trainings are open to anyone in the Richmond region who works or volunteers in youth development. The Toolbox will also host a Richmond Youth Development Network meeting June 2.

Charles Johnson, MFYC training and compliance manager, said the spring training calendar was designed around participant feedback, including a strategic focus on staff and youth social and emotional learning in the midst of COVID-related changes in the community.  

“Since its inception, The Toolbox at MFYC has been dedicated to meeting the training needs of local youth development professionals,” Johnson said. “In support of state guidelines, we continue to offer our trainings in a virtual format, and we are proud to provide a safe, trusting and supportive environment for youth development professionals to connect with one another and learn together.” 

The Toolbox brings together content experts in positive youth development to teach youth development professionals how to work with children and youth, build program management skills and develop social and emotional learning skills.

For more information or to register for trainings, visit MFYC Toolbox.

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