"I have gained more information about how to work effectively with children, and more in-depth knowledge about important topics such as the development of English Language Learners, and the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Out-of-School-Time programs. Also, I have met wonderful people and colleagues through the Trainer Network!"
Katherine Rodrigues, Trainer since 2015
"My involvement with the Trainer Network has helped me connect with other professionals in the field as far north as Eureka to as far south as San Diego. It's truly amazing to gain new comrades who are either just beginning or well seasoned in out-of-school time programming. I learned that we all share a common "fire", which is to impact the lives of those who cross our paths, whether the lives of participants, families or [people in the] communities we serve. In this alone I've gained the hope I needed...to know that I'm not alone.”
Enrique Villagrana, Trainer since 2016
“Being part of the Trainer Network has opened up doors to unique opportunities like Science Action Club and being a Training of Trainers lead, allowing me to grow personally and professionally. The Trainer Network has connected me to hundreds of committed and dedicated professionals all over California. I am truly a part of something bigger than myself!”
Donna Frey, Trainer since 2015
"I love to train and would do it full time if I could. I believe that front line staff are often placed on the job without the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to be successful. I believe that it is just as important to work with your staff and help them grow as it is for our students. By doing this we are creating leaders who can take the skills and knowledge gained and provide quality programming to other youth work in the future. If we don't take the time to invest in our staff, who will?"