In 2009, a Journey Fellowship group of youth work professionals in Indiana started Thank a Youth Worker Day as a way of helping youth workers feel good about their profession and raising awareness of the impact of the field on the lives of children and youth.

CYC-Net has encouraged similar efforts around the world the first week of May.  In 2015 the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice Inc.  took over the effort and continue to promote the day throughout the world.  With these efforts to say thank you and provide recognition now combined, you are invited to participate as it meets the needs and culture of your organization. 

Celebrate the first Thursday in May or pick a date within that first full week in May, adapt the language and materials as needed to thank those in your organization or community, and join us in the simple but profound act of saying thank you and honoring those who work with our children and youth.