NAZA Professional Development Opportunities

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Since its inception, NAZA has continuously invested in building youth workers’ capacity to provide high-quality programming through free-of-charge trainings in positive youth development, youth program quality assessment, mental health, youth engagement, project-based learning, literacy and more. The offered professional development opportunities are intentionally five positive youth development principles that Nashville adopted in 2009, as well as to the domains of instructional quality that NAZA tracks through a partnership with the Weikart Center.  NAZA trainings are free to all professionals in Nashville working with youth. In 2016–2017, NAZA provided 1,683 hours of trainings to 394 participants from NAZA-funded and non-NAZA-funded partners on how to deliver high-quality programs, including fostering positive youth development.


It opened my eyes to what I did not even know was missing in my program. I feel like i have learned things so I can better connect with my kids.

It gave me a direction for me personally and how to get my kids involved in our program.

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NAZA Training: Introduction to Positive Youth Development

November 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This dynamic 4-hour training is based on the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, an approach that serves as the foundation for how NAZA seeks to serve youth. In this training, you will explore the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, which are to: (1) Promote a Sense of Physical, Social and Emotional Safety (2) Encourage Relationship Building (3) Foster Meaningful Youth Participation (4) Provide Opportunities for Building Purpose and (5) Engage Youth in Learning Experiences that Build Valuable and Healthy Life Skills. You will also have opportunities to network and share your experiences with other professionals through interactive activities that you can implement in your youth program. This is a mandatory training for program administrators, site coordinators, and frontline youth workers associated with NAZA-funded program sites.  Click here for more information and to register.


November 6, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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