Gateway is the first community college in Connecticut to offer this certificate. Our program is part of a national movement to support the professional development of people who work with youth, ages 12 and up. The program facilitates an understanding of adolescent development and the diverse ways in which adolescents learn about and experience the world. Courses prepare youth workers to assist youth, colleagues, organizations, and communities. Students learn about valuable local, state, and national youth development projects and resources.
The Youth Worker Certificate is recognized by the Connecticut Certification Board for credit toward a Prevention Professional Certification. Field experience is an integral part of the Youth Worker curriculum and is coordinated with the seminar assignments. The field experience and seminar courses must be taken during the same semester.