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Advancing Youth Development: The BEST for Youth (HMS 171)
(For educators, youth workers, and anyone who works with young people ages 10-18)

This blended class (part face-to-face, part online) provides an overview of
​principles of youth development research and the impact on the youth work field.
​Current trends in youth work emphasize the importance of positive youth-adult
interactions in a young person’s life. Come explore the principles of healthy youth
​development and leave with a better understanding of young people and your
​role in helping them reach their full potential. It’s time to professionalize the field of
youth work!

• 3 credits – 90 points for educators
• TNCC Tuition and fees - $467.85
• Class location: Held off-campus at Alternatives Inc
• Saturdays- February 17, March 3, and March 17, 2018 9am-5pm each day.
​Attendance required for all three face-to face class dates

"Innovation . . . Dynamic . . . Experiential"

Creativity and Youth Engagement (HMS 170)

This blended class (part face-to-face, part online) provides a
​ ​comprehensive​​​ overview of relevant theories of creativity​ and its
​application to working with young people. As the demands of quality
education and out-of-school-time programming increase, it is the
​creative ​adult who is able to maintain​ innovative approaches to
​engage​ young people. Come explore the creative​ process and ​
​leave equipped​ to enhance the quality of what ​you do ​every day.
​ ​Imagine the possibilities!​​

  • 3 credits-90 points for educators
  • TNCC tuition and fees-$467.85
  • Saturdays- April 14, April 28, and May 12, 2018 9am-5pm each day
​​Class held off-campus at Alternatives, Inc. (359 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe)
​​​Attendance required for all three face-to face ​class dates

Our college credit courses are approved and taught through Thomas Nelson
Community College
. Each course provides college credit as well as teacher credits
​for educators to maintain teacher certifications.

​To register for this course contact Bernie Tennyson at

"This class gives students an opportunity to rediscover their personal inner creative spirit and an opportunity to depart from the everyday doldrums."
-Steve Grant, NNPS

"Having begun a journey of self-discovery and change, I hope to integrate the concepts and ideas learned in my professional life so that I may provide a well-balanced, fun, judgment-free environment for all I work with."
-Crystal Tragessor, NN Parks & Rec

​​​​​“This course introduces and defines
the terminology, common language,
and basic understandings of youth workers. It encourages a higher sense of professionalism in youth workers and renews our spirit and dedication to our work.”
-Mary Anne Sutton, NNPS

Civic Leadership
Courses That Earn College Credit

​To register for this course contact Bernie Tennyson at