The Journey is a collection of programs devoted to the personal and professional development of youth workers in Indiana and beyond. 

Exploration and Renewal
In the Field of Youth Work

The Journey is a collection of programs devoted to the personal and professional development of youth workers in Indiana and beyond.  

It is leadership and career development, personal and professional renewal, and learning experiences focused on the individual, their organization and professions. It’s about…

Welcome to The Journey!

The Journey is about those who have a passion for serving young people — both practicing professionals and students who are considering making youth work part of their career.


… people in who they are — the essence of their heart and spirit, their vocation, & avocation.


… professionals to each other — tapping into the power of community


…peoples’ beliefs about what they can accomplish on behalf of young people

Journey Fellows
Journey Professionals with a CYC Credential
Organizations served by The Journey

Fellowship Programs…

Since 2002, The Journey has hosted professional development programs designed to help aspiring students and practicing professionals begin and renew their careers in youth development. These core fellowships, along with The International Youth Worker Exchange, The Leadership Symposium on the Sea, and numerous other initiatives have created a larger Journey community of youth development leaders who are influencing the possibilities for young people in Indiana and beyond.

…For Students and Explorers

The Journey Fellowship for Explorers in Youth Work provides a unique opportunity for students, part-time youth workers and volunteers to explore full-time careers working with youth while becoming more grounded and confident in who they are.  Explorers have job shadowed professionals, explored the competencies of effective youth work and completed internships that enabled them to explore vocational possibilities for themselves in the field. The Journey Scholars Program recognizes distinguished students in youth development and support them in their first year of employment. Currently, The Journey is partnering with Indiana University Northwest School of Social Work, The Indiana University School of Public Health and Butler University to support junior year students in their career exploration and  graduating seniors as they seek to transition into the field as working professionals.

…For Executives

The Executive Journey Fellowship is a year-long program for youth-serving professionals of influence. Each year up to 30 leading youth workers are nominated and selected to create a learning community and attend four in-state retreats to invest in their own personal growth and professional development. The intention is to help transform the profession and field of youth work by grounding leaders in who they are, building a professional community, and inspiring the beliefs of those who dream and do on behalf of young people.

…For Professionals

The Journey Fellowship for Professionals in Youth Work allows early to mid-career youth workers an opportunity to join with an energized group of peers in order to ground themselves in who they are and their important work. These leaders explore what it takes to bring the best of themselves to the profession and the young people they serve.

News & Events

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Indiana Youth Services Association is committed to proactively working to advance racial equity, focusing on eliminating inequities and increasing success for all in our agency and our community!

Indiana Youth Services Association
303 N Alabama St., Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 238-6955