Advancing Youth Development
June 2024 In-Person Training

Monday, June 17
Tuesday, June 18
Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21

9:30am – 5pm

The first morning of training (Monday, June 17):
1803 Research Blvd., Suite 208, Rockville, MD 20850

June 17 afternoon & the remainder of the week:
1801 Research Blvd.
First Floor Conference Center
Rockville, MD 20850

Presenter: Dennis Carter, Senior Director, Community Partnerships, Ramapo Youth Development Institute

Class Size Limit: 25

Participants who complete the 4-day training will receive a Certificate of Completion

Course Description: The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is proud to have trained hundreds of youth development practitioners in Montgomery County, MD, with the nationally recognized Advancing Youth Development (AYD) training. AYD Training is an intensive 4-day professional development opportunity for community youth workers who work directly with youth ages 10 to 24 in school, community, or faith-based settings.

What Will Participants Learn? AYD Training will give participants the necessary tools and skills to better engage and support youth. Participants will learn how to help youth navigate and use resources, identify their own strengths, and define and achieve their goals.

Who Should Sign Up? This professional development opportunity is for youth development practitioners who work with youth in schools, nonprofit community organizations, and agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland.

VIDEO: Reflections from participants in the November 2023 AYD Training

About the Presenter

Dennis Carter
Senior Director, Community Partnerships, Ramapo Youth Development Institute

Dennis Carter began his career in youth development as a counselor with Phipps Neighborhoods (formerly Phipps Community Development Corporation) where he managed an open gym program for neighborhood boys in the South Bronx. After eight years with two branches of service, he was Honorably Discharged and returned to Phipps as a Leadership Specialist for a newly formed Youth Council. Since then, Dennis has held a variety of management roles in youth development, including rising to Executive Director at Directions For Our Youth, and has worked with juvenile justice-associated organizations such as the NYC Departments of Probation and Corrections and The Osborne Association. Dennis’ consulting work over the last 15 years includes training, coaching, and providing technical assistance to community-based organizations across New York City. In his current role as Director of Community Youth Development, Dennis provides support to the participants of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council and the 10 regional councils they represent. He also works with organizations such as the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation on program design and The Osborne Association’s I-CAN program. Dennis grew up in the Bronx and is dedicated to supporting the development of young people and the communities they live in. He continues to support Bronx student-athletes as a basketball coach for the Frederick Douglas Academy III Lions and the NY Metro Flyers amateur athletics program. Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Social Sciences from the College of New Rochelle.

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