Jessica McKinley, CYC-P

Jessica has worked in the out of school time (OST) field since 2010 with a focus on securing grant funding and management statewide. She completed an AmeriCorps term of service prior to her leadership role. Jessica is committed to out of school time and is a member of the Provider’s Council for the Indiana Afterschool Network and sits on the OST Board through the Indiana Department of Education. Jessica is a certified Child and Youth Care professional, holds a bachelor’s degree in Human & Social Services, and a master’s degree in Leadership Development with a focus on nonprofits. As a Foundation’s trainer, Jessica hopes to instill knowledge and resources that will continue the advancement of youth work in Indiana and beyond.


Robert Babcock,  CYC-P

Robert is a Regional Program Manager with AYS Inc. overseeing before and after care programs in 9 charter and parochial schools. Robert has worked in youth care and education settings for 16+ years, working with youth of all levels. As an out of school time specialist, Robert has dedicated his career to the professionalization of all youth care sectors and is excited to be able to bring CYC Foundations course to other youth care workers.


Jessica Ryker, CYC-P

essica Ryker has over 10 years of experience in youth care and development in various settings. Her goal is to give every child the chance to grow and thrive at their own pace in any setting. She enjoys working with youth that have academic or physiological needs, be it ADHD or Autism to high ability. Outside of work she enjoy reading and sewing along with being with her 4 children and her husband. She also enjoys cooking and trying new cuisine from all over the world.

Cosponsored by

Indiana Youth Services Association

IYSA operates several programs that support youth, youth workers, and other non-profit agencies. IYSA membership is comprised of Youth Service Bureaus that deliver community based juvenile delinquency and family support programming. IYSA’s current 30 members serve approximately 70 Hoosier counties. YSBs serve youth and families and offer trauma informed programming that supports positive youth development and resilience. YSB programming is defined in Indiana state statue and includes four core roles:  juvenile delinquency prevention, information and referral services, community education, and advocacy for youth.

Created by

Academy for Competent Youth Work

At the Academy for Competent Youth Work, our heroes and heroines are those who dedicate their lives to working with children and youth and those who manage and oversee programming for young people. For almost 20 years, we have been involved in the transformation of Child and Youth Care Work and in guiding individuals and organizations to excellent practice. We want to help you and your staff succeed in providing excellence.
We support Child and Youth Care Workers in every area of practice including child welfare, education, out-of-school time, juvenile justice, disabilities, recreation, transitional living, and community-based youth-serving programs. Our courses focus on core youth development principles that are widely used in all practice settings across the field of youth services.