National leaders for Out of School Time programs advocate for providers and youth workers to have education in addition to job-related training experiences. In support of that position, the RI STEM Center has developed a NEW professional program, a Certificate in Youth Services. It is being offered at Rhode Island College and starts this summer.
a) The 4-course certificate is designed for persons who work with youth in some capacity – either full or part-time, volunteer or paid.
b) Prerequisites are a high school diploma or GED, and an Introductory Psychology course.
c) One course is offered each semester (summer, fall, spring, and summer) as a hybrid model (50% online, 50% face-to-face) to accommodate those who are working.
d) Students start and finish together, as a cohort.
The first cohort starts on July 1.
Contact the RI STEM Center at 401-456-2799 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program’s brochure with more information can be found at http://www.ric.edu/stemcenter.
Application forms can be downloaded at http://www.ric.edu/youthservices.
Candidates who have not completed an Introductory Psychology course can do so at local institutions in the first summer session, (usually May 15 – June 30)