The CalSAC Trainer Network builds the training and facilitation skills of leaders in the out-of-school time (OST) field. These trainers in turn provide professional development workshops to OST staff in a variety of youth-serving programs across the state. The Trainer Network has evolved over the years with extensive support from the CA Department of Education and foundation grants, deepening and growing the skills of OST professionals to best serve the interests of young people across California.

Professionals who join the Trainer Network deepen their skills in:
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Effective Technical Assistance Delivery
  • Leadership Capacity
  • Knowledge and Connection to Statewide Out-of-School Time Field
  • Training Curriculum Development
Trainer Certification Process
The CalSAC Trainer Network is grounded in the belief that the OST workforce is full of talented, passionate leaders who care deeply for young people and their success. These professionals bring an array of knowledge and experience gained through informal learning and years of implementing quality youth programs. Our approach helps professionals make the most of their knowledge and passion by creating a space to share and learn from one another while deepening their skills.

CalSAC Apprentice Trainers complete an 8-month certification process that engages them in reflection on their own facilitation and training skills. Upon completing the certification process, Apprentice Trainers will be offered ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities exclusively for CalSAC Trainers.

Major program components include:
  • 3-day Training of Trainers Institute (ToT), Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19 in Palo Alto, CA (south of San Francisco), to prepare participants to deliver high-quality training to the field and fosters community among out-of-school time professionals.
  • Training in the Field for trainers to deliver 16 hours of training in the field to apply and hone facilitation skills and knowledge.
  • Mentorship to provide trainers with ongoing support from Senior Certified Trainers through a cohort meeting, regular one-on-one check-ins, and an in-person training observation.
  • Tools and Resources for trainers to reflect on their facilitation skills, identify opportunities to strengthen training competencies, and apply their learnings during certification process. 

Learn more about the Trainer Network at Contact Hannah Davidman at with any questions.

Online applications are due by August 23. Please review the Trainer Network Application Preview before completing this application. Your responses will not be saved until your application is submitted. 

You cannot save your progress and return to the application later. We recommend saving your responses in a Word or text document first and then copying into the online form.