Louisa Avery is an independent trainer and consultant in youth work. She is currently the Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Nashville After School Alliance in Tennessee. She oversees the administration of the YPQA process for quality improvement as well as coordinates and delivers professional training. She is currently also a training consultant with the Oasis Center Teen Outreach Program, traveling the state of Tennessee with the TOP trainers to instruct youth workers in group homes. She trains new staff at the Oasis Center, ethics at Tennessee State University Department of Social Work, and offers Advancing Youth Development. She is the co-author of a Introduction to Positive Youth Development course and offers a Training of Trainers.
Prior to 2010, Louisa was Director of Training at the Oasis Center in Nashville TN. During her 12 years at the Oasis Center she coordinated the volunteer and intern programs, managed the Safe Place program, and developed, presented and coordinated staff and volunteer training. Louisa was also an adjunct psychology teacher at the Kaplan Institute. It was while implementing the Quality Counts Initiative (a collaboration with the Forum for Youth Investment, AED and High Scopes) in Nashville, however, that Louisa became excited about youth program quality. From 2008-2009, she coordinated the YPQA process in local agencies, managed a website and offered over 2000 hours of training in the Nashville community in Advancing Youth Development and Youth Work Methods. Louisa was raised in Baltimore, MD and has Masters degrees in both Education and Social Work. Louisa is also licensed in Advanced Practice Social Work.
Visit Louisa's website: www.louisaavery.com