Michigan School-Age Youth Development Certificate and Credential Program

Michigan YDA Certificate and Credential Program

The choice to work with school-age youth is one of the most important career decisions that a person can make. A school-age youth development professional is an extraordinary individual who helps to guide youth to master skills, develop relationships, grow in independence, and move to new levels of thinking and understanding about themselves and the world. The Michigan Youth Development Associate Certificate, Credential and the Core Knowledge and Competencies support quality programs for school-age youth by providing standards for training and evaluation.

The Certificate and Credential programs represent the combined efforts of representatives from school-age and youth groups across Michigan to define competencies for youth development professionals in our state. In 2011-12, the Michigan Core Competencies were revised to reflect and align with the National AfterSchool Association Core Knowledge and Competencies for AfterSchool and Youth Development Professionals.

Core Knowledge and Competencies

Benefits of Becoming a Candidate

Applying for the Michigan Youth Development Associate Certificate is a commitment to professionalism in the out-of-school time field. Working toward the certificate can be a rewarding experience. It offers candidates opportunities to:

Non-Discrimination Policy

No person shall be denied the opportunity to apply for the Michigan Youth Development Associate Certificate or Credential on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or handicap.