Essential Skills for Youth Workers

Essential Skills will be offered in 2021!  Due to uncertainties of hosting events on campus a determination will be made at a future date to whether this event will be held on campus or online.

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California

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Cost: $250 (includes program, meals and housing, if held on campus)
Commuter fee: $200 (includes program and meals, if held on campus)
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit included in your registration fee.  If you need to cancel before July 15, $200 will be returned to you. After July 15, your $250 registration fee is non-refundable.

Volunteer? Full time? Part Time?  Paid?  We've got a personal and professional development program for you or your youth workers!

  • Connect more deeply to your own context or ministry setting
  • Go home with resources and plans
  • Find space for renewal and rest
  • Build relationships and a network

The format of the event will include three rounds of:

  • TED-style talks on aspects of work with children, youth and families
    • Round table discussions with the speakers
    • Small groups of participants to "translate" content from speakers to your context
  • Workshop space to draft and collect resources to use in your context
  • Large group coaching to develop action plans


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Register by credit card.

Register by check:  Send registration form and check made payable to Cal Lutheran and mail to: California Lutheran University, Congregational Relations, 60 W. Olsen Road, #2125, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sample schedule (if viewing on your phone)
 Thursday  Friday  Saturday
   7-8:15 a.m. Breakfast/Ullman Dining Commons 7:30 -9 a.m. Breakfast 
   8;30 Worship - Samuelson Chapel 8:30 a.m.. worship - Samuelson Chapel
   9 am-12pm. Session 2 - speakers roundtable, application

 9-11 a.m. Insights to Actions Steps, Wrap-Up,

 2-4 p.m. Registration

 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch

Ullman Dining Commons

  11:30 a.m. Dismissal

 4 p.m. Welcome

4:15-5:15 p.m. Group Coaching session with Rozella White

1:30- 5 p.m. Freetime  
 5:15 -6:30 p.m. Dinner/Ullman Dining Commons    

 7-10 p.m. Session 1

speakers roundtable, application

5:15 p.m. Session 3

speakers roundtable, application

Focusing the goals.  Applying the learning.  Mapping the resources.

 10:15 worship - Samuelson Chapel  6:30 p.m. worship - Samuelson Chapel  
  7:15 p.m.  Dinner off campus  



If event is held on campus, guests will be housed in residence halls.  Most halls have private  bedrooms with shared bath.  Linens (sheet, pillow, light weight blanket, towel and wash cloth) are included. *Please note these are empty dorm rooms which basically include just a bed.


Most meals will be in Ullman Dining Commons where there are a variety of options. Some will be catered buffets.

Transportation information

Airport: What airport should I fly into? How will I get from the airport to the Cal Lutheran campus? Flying into LAX is often cheaper, but Burbank Airport is way smaller and closer to us…sometimes worth it if the cost isn’t that different. There are shuttles (Prime Time, SuperShuttle, Roadrunner) you can take from the airport to campus. Uber and Lyft pick up from both airports and that costs about $60 one way from both airports. There is a train station at Burbank Airport that you could catch a ride from (Amtrak) and then take Uber from there which is only about 15 minutes from campus so it would be less money.

Do I need a car? You can rent a car, but you don’t really need a car for the time you are here unless you are hoping to do touristy stuff. Often people share vehicles and get around just fine. 

For more information contact the Office of Congregational Relations at or 805-493-3936.