National CASA endorses the VAA curriculum as continuing education for working with older youths.


What They're Saying

"I feel more confident in finding resources to assist youth and more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses. Thank you!"

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"Until gaining the information in this program, I had a very limited understanding of all the options open to the youth who will soon be phased out of foster care. I am very excited about the NUMBEROUS programs available that may encourage young people to go on with further education since this will create much more variation in their employment opportunities, but also may provide many advantages and opportunities that will enrich their lives now and in the future. I had no idea how many avenues are available to these young people, especially if they are fortunate enough to have a well-informed social worker or volunteer."

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"I wish I had this training in my initial training as a CASA. It will be nice to do this throughout the year to have info stay fresh in the mind."


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Goals & Objectives for Each Module  


The Volunteer Advocate Academy is a curriculum dedicated to those adults who work and live with adolescents involved in the child welfare and the court systems. This online curriculum was developed with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer advocates and staffs from across the country. Their insight and feedback have been critical to provide you with comprehensive knowledge to provide young people as they transition towards adulthood. National CASA endorses the Volunteer Advocate Academy curriculum as continuing education for working with older youths.

The entire ten-module curriculum takes an estimated four hours to complete, but you may spend as many as six hours if you spend time appropriately reviewing the resources. Users are encouraged to complete the curriculum over a period of time. Each module has additional learning resources for users to explore and expand their knowledge base.

Users will find the curriculum becomes more than a curriculum. It becomes a forever resource that updates regularly with best practices, legislation, and research dedicated to this population of youths.

The modules include resources and skill based learning on the following topics:

1. Overview to Working with Court Involved Adolescents
2. Adolescent Development and the Impact of Trauma
3. The Role of the Adolescent in the Courtroom
4. Environment: Youth, Family, and Others
5. Identity and Diversity
6. Youth Health and Addictions
7. Understanding Youth Educational Needs
8. Life Skills Development
9. Work Experiences for Youths
10. Living Arrangements

Please click “Goals and Objectives for each Module” above to learn the specific learning objectives for the entire curriculum.

Who should use this curriculum?
Social Workers
Educators
Youth Workers
Guardians ad Litem
CASA Volunteers and Staff
Mentors
Casemanagers
Parents
Foster and Adoptive Parents
Residential Counselors
Anyone interested in learning more about working and living with adolescents.

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Advocate Academy. If you have questions about this curriculum, please contact Nancy Carter, 800-820-0001 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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