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We believe that the PEOPLE on our team are the driving force behind all success. We will recruit, inspire, develop and reward the most exceptional nonprofit professionals in the area.

These professionals are THE best resource we have to bring hope and opportunity to youth in our county. A passionate, trained, and committed team is the only way to enable all young people to reach their full potential.  To best accomplish this mission, we invest in the ongoing professional development of each person on our team.

Onboarding, training sessions, coaching, and team meetings are all a part of a comprehensive staff development plan. Execution of this plan is intended to build the skills our team needs to become quality Youth Development professionals. To best equip our team to change lives, we will meet the following goals through the outlined professional development opportunities.

To ensure our team is the most prepared for success in each role, trainings are evaluated. Evaluation results are used to improve this plan annually.

Professional Development Opportunities

  1. HR Orientation:  Organizational policies, procedures and basic expectations. Required prior to any paid work.
  2. Youth Impact Orientation: Club policies and practices, Formula for Impact Quality Assessment, and child safety. Required prior to any paid work.
  3. BGC 101/102 Series: 4 hours of Boys & Girls Clubs Movement training including: child safety, program basics, Daily Club schedule elements, and positive behavior management.
  4. New Director IMPACT Series: 40 hours leadership training for new managers covering: People Management, Finance Management, Technology & Administration, Safety & Supervision, Club Programs, Child Nutrition, Leadership & Time Management, and Organization Core Values. (topics vary by position responsibility)
  5. Back to School Conference: Held in August each year for all Youth Impact Team Members. Includes 16 hours of child development & behavior, safety, and program services content and 8 hours on site Club specific content.
  6. Mid-year Youth Impact Learning Day: 4-6 hour training held during the school year on a non-school day covering positive behavior management, maximizing program impact, and Member advocacy.
  7. Summer Camp Conference: Held one week prior to the beginning of Summer Camp annually for all Summer Camp Team Members. Includes 16 hours of camp specific program, safety, field trip and behavior content and 16 hours on site Camp specific content.
  8. Elective Topical Learning Sessions: Part time Youth Impact Team Members are afforded the opportunity to attend two 2-hour training sessions on topics relevant to their specific program assignments. These trainings are provided through the Sonoma County Afterschool Network. Full-time Youth Impact Team Members may attend as many as are offered annually (traditionally, 10 two-hour sessions)
  9. Additional: Multiple area-wide and Program Leadership Team gatherings are offered as needed. Topics to be covered may include but are not limited to:
  • Leadership & Management Basics: Coaching teams to success, effective performance review and appraisal, Behavior-based interviewing.
  • Running an Effective Club Program:How to provide effective programming, implementing behavior management plan in small and large groups, creating an inclusive monthly schedule.  Group facilitation skills.
  • Proactive and Positive Behavior Management & Conflict Resolution 
  • BGCA National Programs

Annual Learning Topics 
Through the above listed structures, we will offer learning opportunities in the following areas annually.

Child Safety

  • Mandated reporting
  • Safety and supervision basics
  • Playground and field trip safety
  • Bullying and emotional safety

Positive Discipline & Behavior Management

  • Member discipline system
  • Positive behavior redirection
  • Understanding child behavior by age

Positive Youth Development

  • 5 Key Elements
  • Member recognition
  • Building supportive relationships

Program Basics

  • Preparing a program for success
  • Successful program delivery
  • Debriefing learning

Programming for Priority Outcomes

  • Academic Success programs
  • Healthy Lifestyles programs
  • Character Building programs
  • Formula for impact assessment

Child Advocacy

  • Basic advocacy
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Identifying gang involved youth

Annual Professional Development Commitments

As detailed above, we commit to provide our team with the following professional development opportunities each year:

  • All new team members to our organization will receive a 30 minute HR orientation and a 30 minute Youth Impact orientation to learn organization policies, philosophies and core program strategies.
  • All Members of the Youth Impact Team will complete a minimum of 40 development hours each year.
  • Full-time Youth Impact team members will receive at least 80 development hours each year.
  • New Youth Impact team members will participate in 2, 2-hour training sessions as introduction to the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement. Boys & Girls Club 101 and 102 will be offered 6 times annually. Youth Impact team members will also participate in a 1 hour Club introduction training reviewing Club operations, safety plans, and daily responsibilities.
  • Training sessions are compensated and time-sheet must accurately reflect the additional BGCCSC training hours in order to receive payment for the training time.
  • Outlined weekly development topics will be covered in team meetings as relevant to each team and department.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities will be offered to full-time Team Members as planned annual through the organization’s learning committee. These development opportunities include activities such as lunch learning series and a leadership book club.
  • Team Members will be encouraged to attend relevant workshops, conferences, or trainings that are provided outside of the Boys & Girls Clubs offering. Specifically, Youth IMPACT Team Members will collaborate and attend relevant trainings offered by school district partners. Each Club Director will share outside training opportunities with Youth Development Professionals at weekly staff meetings.