Capacity Building and Professional Development

DYCD invests in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations as a strategy for ensuring that youth and families receive high quality, effective services. 
By bringing together practitioners, researchers and other experts to strengthen organizations and programs, DYCD also contributes to broader learning and field building efforts.

Specifically, funding for capacity building:

  • Strengthens organizations by investing in planning, leadership development, and infrastructure
  • Enhances program quality by building front-line and supervisory staff knowledge and skills
  • Promotes learning and continuous improvement by developing practitioner learning communities and supporting the adoption of data-driven decision making practices

DYCD leverages the expertise of technical assistance partners to offer community-based organizations support from leaders in the many fields, including youth development, workforce development, mental health services, and organizational development.

CB Resources

CB Resources is an online directory of capacity building consultants available to nonprofits. You can find consultants who can help improve program quality through enhancement activities in STEM, literacy or arts, for example, or experts who can support the organization through fiscal, legal or leadership consultants. Most vendors are an PIP making it easier to contract with them. Several are MWBE certified. There's also a list of DYCD funded consultants, with their services, sample workshop topics and contact information. Access to these consultants are at no cost to DYCD funded nonprofits.

DYCD Connect

DYCD Connect is the main resource center helping organizations communicate and coordinate with the communities they serve.

Trainings for Frontline Staff

Upcoming Events

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September 2023

October 2023

AMDYCD Connect 'Submitting a Workscope' Training (Discretionary Programs)


This is a two-hour virtual training for Discretionary programs using DYCD Connect. The trainings will focus on the steps needed to submit program workscopes in the Participant Tracking System (PTS). Please follow the instructions below to successfully sign in to the training at the start time.

Advanced registration for this training is required. An insufficient number of registrants will result in cancellation or postponement of this training Registration is for the approved candidate only. Additional attendees should register with their own contact information. Substitutions are not allowed without the approval of ExpandED Schools (

This session will be hosted virtually via WebEx. In advance of the session, we recommend you to install the WebEx client on your computer. Download links are available at Also, be sure to have the latest version of Google Chrome installed on your computer. Finally, we recommend clearing your browser cache and cookies (

Date: October 5th
Click here to register.

For a complete list of all our Capacity Building calendar of events Click here