Training & Recruitment of Trainers

The Illinois AfterSchool Network offers professional development opportunities to afterschool and youth development providers here in Illinois and neighboring states. We offer

  • Two-hour regional training (in-person and Distance Learning)
  • Leadership symposiums on a specific topic
  • Annual conference and customized training for providers who are looking to contract with us to offer training on a specific topic with their organization.

Download a copy here of our Core Workshps that we offer.

Please note, that these are our core topics and that we have Facilitators who train on more than 50 topics in the afterschool and youth development space. 

We work with a cadre of over 120 trainers who facilitate training specific to the afterschool and youth development topics. These are seasoned trainers who are Educational Consultants; they own their own training entity, work for an youth serving agency, are employed as faculty with a college or university, or are employed with an agency.

Also, we partner with other national afterschool and youth development organizations to facilitate training with providers in the field (American Institutes on Research, National AfterSchool Association, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, etc).

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please download and fill out the IAN Speaker’s Bureau Form

Send the form back to for us to review and schedule an interview with you. Please note that all trainers must attend a Trainer’s Orientation and have active membership with the Illinois AfterSchool Network.

Moreover, our training philosophy is that we believe in creating safe spaces, encouraging others, openness and constructive feedback. We also seek to create an environment that maximizes the participant experience and our facilitators are critical in making this happen.