A school-age youth development professional is an extraordinary individual who helps to guide youth to master skills, develop relationships, grow in independence, and move to new levels of thinking and understanding about themselves and the world. The Michigan School-Age Youth Development (MiSAYD) Certificate, Credential and the Core Knowledge and Competencies support quality programs for school-age youth by providing standards for training and evaluation.
The Certificate and Credential programs represent the combined efforts of representatives from school-age and youth groups across Michigan to define competencies for youth development professionals in our state. In 2011-12, the Michigan Core Competencies were revised to reflect and align with the National AfterSchool Association Core Knowledge and Competencies for AfterSchool and Youth Development Professionals. To apply for the certification or credential you must be a member of the Michigan Afterschool Association.
Certificates are valid for three years from date of issuance.
*or be an 17 year old that has satisfactorily completed at least one year of apprenticeship in a recognized child care apprenticeship program sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
* or be an 18 year old that has satisfactorily completed at least one year of apprenticeship in a recognized child care apprenticeship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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