Past President, Association for Child and Youth Care Practice & Editor, Journal of Child & Youth Care Work
Dr. Andrew J. Schneider-Muñoz, is Deputy Chief and Senior Fellow for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association where he leads the performance measures initiaitve and evidence-based evaluation for guardian ad litems in more than 950 communities across the country with 75,000 volunteers serving one-quarter million vulnerable children and youth. He is Co-Editor of the upcoming three volume book series, Adolescent Psychology in Today’s World: Global Perspectives on Risks, Relationships, and Development, which features innovative strength-based development in 40 countries. His work on after-school activities and mentoring, evidence-based wrap around models, learning in community-based organizations, comprehensive health promotion, family engagement, civic education, and global leadership is recognized in programs in more than 140 cities on five continents. A Harvard-trained child psychologist and anthropologist, he leads strategic youth development initiatives to reduce risk and promote resilience at the global, national, state and community levels. The Past President of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice and Editor the Journal of Child and Youth Care, contributed to the pioneering effort to develop youth worker certification and currently serves on the Boards of the Council On Accreditation (COA) and on the American Camp Association (ACA).
Andy is a certified Child and Youth Care Worker and approved by the Academy for Competent Youth Work to train the CYC: Basic Course. With stories about direct care and developmental strategies, he specializes in group work, therapeutic activities, and culturally-competent care. Most recently he served as advisor in launching Youth Thrive across the country, collaborated on the design of the Skillman Foundation Youth Development Alliance, and consulted for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Author of the best-selling After-School Around the Globe: Policy, Practices, and Youth Voice, he spends a part of every year on the line as a youth worker in children’s camps, shelters, and youth centers. Andy frequently keynotes major conferences and presents for child and youth care associations, child welfare policy leaders, community-based organizations, and residential treatment centers. He serves as Fellow for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers.