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Embedding Paraprofessionals in Social Service Workforce Systems

Event Details

Date and time

March 31, 2023




YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation
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Event Description

Join the Youth Systems Strengthening (YSS) Community of Practice (CoP) on March 31st to learn about what it takes to uplift and expand the role of social service paraprofessionals in cross-sectoral systems that impact youth, families, and communities. 

Friday, March 31, 9:00-10:00am Eastern Time

Registration is required. Register to join by clicking here!

Hear from and engage with Hugh Salmon, Director of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance (GSSWA), a diverse cost-free network of individuals dedicated to promoting and strengthening the social service workforce by convening stakeholders, generating knowledge, building capacity, and promoting effective advocacy. Hugh will speak about GSSWA’s efforts to recognize the core role of social service paraprofessionals in addressing community-based issues in the education, health, mental health, and justice arenas.

This webinar will talk about the importance of the social service workforce and look specifically at three pressing issues related to drawing on paraprofessionals to expand access to and use of social services:

  • overcoming stigma to promote paraprofessionals
  • integrating social work paraprofessionals in youth-related systems
  • credentialing for paraprofessionals

Participants will be invited to share their work or questions on these topics through breakout rooms.

Presented by USAID's YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation Activity, the Youth Systems Strengthening Community of Practice (CoP) serves youth, practitioners in youth-serving organizations, and policymakers.

This event will include automatic English closed captioning (cc).

Photo credit: Pexels

About the Community of Practice

The YP2LE Learning Network brings together diverse stakeholders who seek to learn more and share about youth development. As one of six communities of practice, the Youth Systems Strengthening group (YSS) helps members share and benefit from collective learning. Learn more about the YSS and other CoPs on and register to connect with these communities.

You must be a registered member of in order to participate in the discussion group. Register today!

About YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE)

YP2LE is a USAID-funded activity focused on building and disseminating evidence on Positive Youth Development (PYD). YP2LE’s goal is to give program implementers, researchers, and young changemakers the information, tools, and resources they need to develop high-quality, impactful, and sustainable youth programs.