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Youth Work Proficiency Certificate


This Certificate will prepare graduates to work with youth in a variety of youth serving agencies such as community centers, group homes, after school programs and mental health clinics. When completed, the courses may be applied to the academic certificate in Youth Work and to the Behavioral Health/ Human Services associate degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this Youth Work proficiency certificate students will be able to:

  • Develop positive empathic relationships with young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create caring and supportive environments within youth programs that promote healthy development.
  • Design activities that engage youth and foster growth.

Entrance Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.

Youth Work Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
YW 101 Foundations of Youth Work   3
YW 110 Family and Community Engagement   3
YW 115 Critical Issues in Youth Work   3
Total Credits: 9 

Successful Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" or better in each of the courses listed above.  In order to achieve a "C" or better and thus demonstrate competency students must complete exams, writing assignments, projects and presentations. 

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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