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TRAININGS

Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time has many years of experience in creating vibrant professional development opportunities for OST providers. We offer a wide variety of competency-based training. Participants are provided with active and engaging learning experiences to deepen their competencies in youth development work.

  • Training opportunities are free and open to anyone working with Cambridge youth in OST. 
  • All new staff should attend introductory trainings to gain a shared understanding of practices associated with each topic.
  • Certificates are available our training
  • We believe training is most effective when attended by a staff team of two or more, as well as the program leadership when possible.
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Melina O'Grady

AFCOST
QIS Coach & Facilitator
Melina is an independent education consultant with roots as a counselor and teacher and a vision for creating and supporting dynamic learning environments in and outside of schools that fully engage both teacher and student. Her more than 25 years of experience spans residential facilities, arts organizations, juvenile hall and out-of-school time programs in Cambridge, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. She founded a nonprofit girls journalism organization in 1996, and coordinated a Boston-area youth worker credential program from 2006-08. Melina has been a coach and facilitator with the Agenda for Children since 2008. In addition to her work with the Agenda, she is currently Interim Director of Coaching and Training at the PEAR Institute, working to transform school culture through the lens of social and emotional development.