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Youth Development Training Institute

Welcome to the Youth Development Commission Training Institute.  At the Commission we work diligently to provide quality learning experiences.  Each of the workshops offered by the Commission is designed to enhance the quality of programs and services offered by non-profit agencies.

The purpose of the Youth Development Commission’s training opportunities is to increase the capacity of organizations to deliver high quality programs and services. Increased capacity includes developing and utilizing the knowledge, skills and resources to implement effective programs that lead to positive program outcomes.  The workshops are engaging, interactive and will provide participants with tools for immediate implementation.

Our training instructors are degreed professionals who have been trained and certified in Non-Profit Leadership and Management by Michigan State University and the Society for  Non-Profit Organizations.

Meet Our Instructors

Patricia Bridges—Program Director—Youth Development Commission

Ms. Bridges holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Marygrove College and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Ms. Bridges is a state certified Social Worker.   She has nine years of experience in the non-profit arena of community-based social work with a strong emphasis on capacity building, technical assistance, group facilitation and fund development with multi-task organizations serving diverse populations.  Ms. Bridges’ experience also includes grant review, program development and youth development.  She is currently teaching non-profit courses in the  Continuing Education Division at Wayne County Community College.


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