Youth Ministry Online Training Classes for Fall 2013
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:17

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Youngstown invites adults who work with middle school, high school and college-aged youth in a parish, school, or club setting, to take advantage of online classes being offered this fall.

August 26 –September 9, 2013 - The Dimension of Family and Community (M6): Participants learn how to facilitate the development of community among youth, their families, and within the church and society, including the development of small faith communities by youth from different cultures, spiritualties, or pastoral models. (Register by August 16.)

October 14 - 28, 2013 - The Component of Justice and Service (M7):   Following this class, participants will be able to engage (or better engage) youth in the social mission of the Church in accord with Catholic Social Teaching. (Register by October 4.)

Students from the dioceses of Raleigh and Baton Rouge will join those from the Diocese of Youngstown in these classes which will enrich the discussion boards with various insights and experiences, encouraging deeper thought and interaction.

The primary professor for these classes will be Charlotte McCorquodale, Ph.D., who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (psychology) at McNeese State University in 1985, a Master’s degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University in 2001. She holds national certificates in youth ministry, e-learning design, and online education. She received the 2002 National Youth Ministry Award from the NFCYM for contributions nationally to the field of Catholic Youth Ministry. She has served in parish, school, diocesan and university ministry settings for the past 30 years. In May of 2000, she co-founded Ministry Training Source, an organization committed to the education and formation of ministry leaders by providing customized ministry formation solutions. Presently, she serves as an international educator, researcher, and consultant for the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, youth ministry, and e-learning.

Associate professor Cindee Case, MPS, earned her Bachelor of General Studies degree in Behavioral Sciences from Kent State University in 1990 and her Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2009. She also holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies (1996) and serves as the Chairperson for the Board of Directors for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Ms. Case is the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Youngstown, and administrator for this Youth Ministry Online Training Program.

Based on the National Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Youth Ministry Specialization, the full training program consists of twelve modules that will provide tools for dynamic and meaningful ministries for the youth of today. The program is built sequentially, but students can start with any course (except #12). Students may take as many or as few modules as desired.

Each module has been approved for 10 General Hours (Course 4 earns 10 hours in Forming Adolescents as Disciples) by the Diocesan Office of Religious Education. Fees are $40 per module to include access to the online materials, assistance with technology as needed, and facilitation by Ministry Training Source trained facilitators, plus $15 for a course book. For students seeking college credit, take 3 modules per semester to comprise a course for $110, plus tuition rates, plus $45 for course books. The next semester of courses begins with Module 7 in October, and continues with the Component of Pastoral Care (February 10 – 24, 2014) and The Component of Prayer and Worship (April 28 – May 12, 2014).

Further information on this program can be found online at: http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/ymot--youth-ministry-online-training.html with a registration form available for download at: http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/0/5/11055607/flyeraugust2013_may2014.pdf

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OY&YAM) serves as a resource for faith communities in the diocese in providing comprehensive outreach to high school teens as well as to young adults. The OY&YAM assists with including the ‘Church of Tomorrow’ into the ‘Church of Today.’ For further information, contact Cindee Case, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at (330) 744-8451, ext. 280.