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School of Social Work

Youth Work Learning Lab

The Youth Work Learning Lab co-creates learning and research strategies that advance new models for practice and organizational changes that untangle complex and critical issues in youth work.

Current issues being explored: Improving Program Quality, Alternative Models of Evaluation for Youth Programs, Youth Work in Community – Foundational Series, and a variety of Critical Youth Work Practices.

undergraduate students in class


Deborah Moore, Youth Work Lab director

Ross VeLure Roholt, associate professor, director of the Youth Development Leadership program

We Can Bring Our Classes to You

We are available to teach any of our topics at your site through contracted services. For information, email Deborah Moore at

New Series!
Youth Work in Community

The Youth Work Learning Lab is launching a new core training series called "Youth Work in Community." The series is designed for youth workers and other related practitioners who want to explore the knowledge, theory and practices that set youth work in community apart from other disciplines. See this page for details.

Current Classes

YPQA Reliability for External Assessor

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26–June 27, 2018
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Grand Rapids School District 318, Room 135
820 NW 1st Avenue Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Class fee: $500 (Includes training materials and lunch both days)

Facilitator: Deborah Moore

Class Description:
This workshop gives participants practice using the Youth PQA and increases their accuracy in observing and scoring. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to observe and score using the YPQA tool, as well as an understanding of areas to be more aware of when observing and scoring to hit an accurate rating. Participants completing this course and achieving acceptable levels of reliability (80% at the item level) become Endorsed Assessors through the Weikart Center and are able to collect research-quality data.