Alternatives Inc.
After School Matters

Better Boys Foundation

Chicago Youth Centers
Chicago Lights Tutoring
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Chicago Urban League
Cook County Juvenile Justice
Del Progresso
Erie Neighborhood House
Gary Comer Youth Center
The Howard Brown Center
Illinois Action for Children
Link Unlimited
Outreach Christian Center
Peace Hub Network
South Side Drill Team
The Broadway Youth Center
Urban Gateway
Youth Advocate Program
Youth Guidance
Strong Families
Trinity United Church of Christ
Purdue University Northwest

Core Value Four:

Strengthening Youth Work Practice

Goal: Equip frontline youth professionals with positive youth development strategies and methods in order to empower the next generation.

FOUS Youth Development Services

We make quality programming a priority!

FOUS is proud to have trained youth worker professionals from across Chicago and Indiana. Below is a list of the participating organizations.

We now offer AYD Training as an online course. The (in-person) training remains unavailable due to the spread of the COVID. Continue to check back for updates.


Annette Kelly


New Accelerated

 Advancing Youth Development Training

(4-weeks + 1-hour reflection session) ​​​​


AYD just got more accessible!

Advancing Youth Development (AYD) is a nationally acclaimed 9-hour course designed for front-line youth workers and others who interact with adolescents on a daily basis. The course was based on curricula from the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research out of Washington D.C. Four sessions cover, the youth development framework, fostering youth participation and leadership, culturally competent programming, and professional competencies of youth workers. The topic of each session is listed below.
Course Sessions
Module 1: Introduction to the Youth Development Approach
Module 2: Developmental Youth Outcomes (Identity & Ability)
Module 3: Cultural Assumptions about Young People:

From Adultism to Caring
Module 4: Providing Effective Services, Supports & Opportunities for Youth
Registration Information - The AYD registration fee includes a training manual, resource materials, and a Certificate of Completion. See payment information below. For additional information contact Annette Kelly at 708-508-7389 or

Fall Training 2022 Schedule 

Registration begins 9/6/22, a google form link will be added here and information will be posted on our Facebook page.

Every Tuesday
Dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am 

*10/25/22 Reflection Session 9:30-10:30
Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certification of completion. 

The training cost is non-refundable but is transferrable. Payment must be received by the start of training.

Payment Options: 
1) Pay with check - make check payable to FOUS Youth Development Services - PO Box 42619, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

2) Pay via Pay Pal​...add to cart