The Training Institute
GDS provides internships and training for aspiring youth workers and mental health professionals on how to effectively work with at-risk youth. Interns receive instruction, professional development, and hands-on experience in the most effective approaches to working with challenged youth and families.
We’re proud that a number of our Training Institute alumni have been graduates of the Excel Program who have decided to pursue careers in mental health and youth services as a result of their GDS experience. Many of our volunteers and interns have gone on to pursue graduate-level degrees and become leading professionals in their field. Youth workers and aspiring mental health professionals receive certificates upon successful completion of the Training Institute program. Volunteers are eligible for letters of recommendation to schools or potential employers.