Youth Development Credential (YDC)

The Youth Development Credential (YDC) is a renewable, entry-level credential that provides an opportunity for adults working with Kindergarten through 12th-grade youth to gain professional recognition by demonstrating their competence and knowledge as they work in youth-serving programs.

Successful completion of the YDC shows that individuals have achieved Level 2 of the Core Knowledge and Competencies for Youth Development Professionals unveiled at the 2012 National Afterschool Association Convention.

Candidates work with trained advisors who serve as their guide and mentor as they prepare a Professional Resource Portfolio and other required items.

The following pages will provide more information for:

Candidates – this section includes a detailed overview of the Credential and steps for earning the YDC

Advisors – this section includes the expectations for advisors, along with the training materials to become a YDC Advisor

Renewals – this section includes information for those who have already earned their YDC and plan to renew the credential


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