Greater Richmond Youth Development Network

Adults at Youth Development Training

Answering a Community Need

The Greater Richmond Youth Development Network (RichmondYDN) brings together people who are working in out-of-school time, youth development and education fields for networking, relationship building and shared learning.  The Greater Richmond Youth Development Networks seeks to promote high-quality youth programs by starting with ensuring that youth program professionals receive appropriate and culturally responsible professional development training. The Mary and Frances Youth Center is the Richmond region’s hub for youth development professionals training, resources and community conversations.

Training Calendar

The Greater Richmond Youth Development Network Training Calendar is a comprehensive approach to professional development for youth-serving organizations and responds to a growing need for high quality, unique and diverse youth development workshops and programs. The Greater Richmond Youth Development Network Training Calendar brings together content experts, practitioners and best practices in positive youth development from across the region to provide opportunities that build community through shared learning.

Open to all youth development professionals, our training calendar is designed to teach how to connect with youth, build management skills, develop social and emotional learning skills and practice good mental health for ourselves.

Our trainings are designed for:

  • Supervisors, directors and coordinators of programs working with children and youth
  • Teachers, educators, school administrators and contracted youth mentors looking to better understand quality youth programming
  • Anyone who wants to grow and develop their ability to work effectively with children and youth


RichmondYDN Regional Map

Mat of RichmondYDN Footprint

Community Conversations

These are informal opportunities for youth development professionals to get together with one another over the lunch hour. Feel free to bring your own lunch, as well as items to discuss with others or just come and enjoy the company. We also welcome suggestions for specific topics that would be appropriate for Community Conversations.

Online Training For Youth Development Professionals

VCU maintains a listing of trainings that can be completed online through the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Virginia Commonwealth University or Regional Partners. See that list here.

Questions/Suggests a Training Topic

The Greater Richmond Youth Development Network Training Calendar invites training proposals from those in the youth development field or who have expertise that would impact it. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Vaughn Garland at

Contact us

Housed at the Mary and Frances Youth Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Division of Community Engagement, the Greater Richmond Youth Development Network the regional network and training calendar and RichmondYPQI is managed by Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland. Contact for more information.

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