New York, NY - The number of youth development programs throughout the country has grown exponentially as a result of the demand to focus greater attention on the needs of individuals ages 12 to 24. Consequently, there is an endeavor to support these programs with qualified frontline youth workers, directors, and administrators.In response to the ongoing expansion of this pivotal sector, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education, will launch an MA in Youth Studies in spring 2017. The master’s degree provides an opportunity to deepen students’ understanding of the relationship between youth and society by analyzing current policies, opportunities, and best practices related to the field. It also responds the needs of those working in youth services by providing a pathway for professional development.
“We are thrilled to have a space at CUNY SPS where youth-workers, advocates, and researchers can earn an MA in Youth Studies,” says Dr. Sarah Zeller-Berkman, Coordinator of Youth Studies Initiatives at the JFK, Jr. Institute. “The degree goal is to provide a balanced mix of theory and practice that will improve the skills and knowledge of those interested in taking their work (and earning potential) to the next level. Our commitment to youth and community development using a strength-based, critical, participatory and intersectional approach occupies a unique place in the field. We are excited to be early adapters, and hopefully innovators, in the growing youth studies and youth development movements locally, nationally and globally.”
The Youth Studies initiatives at CUNY SPS, which includes the master’s degree and an advanced certificate that launched in fall 2016, will also support field building efforts by hosting symposiums, conducting research and working in partnership with key youth-serving organizations, agencies and funders.
About the CUNY School of Professional Studies
CUNY SPS provides online and on campus degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of adults who are looking for a seamless way to finish or transition into a bachelor’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, advance in the workplace, or change careers.
Affirming its role as a leader in online education, CUNY SPS was ranked in the top 5% of U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, forging ahead from its top 15% position in 2015. Of the institutions listed, CUNY SPS ranks 1st in New York State and 11th in the nation.