Youth Development Initiatives Inc. (YDI) is a Charlotte, NC-based non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth and youth-serving organizations by providing comprehensive curriculum and specially tailored program designs to train youth ages 14-22 in the following areas:

  • Life skills
  • College Prep & Career planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Job Readiness
  • Leadership skills & Community service
  • 21st Century Learning Skills

YDI’s proven Life Management Guidance curriculum and Outcome Oriented program designs are based on research and on well-recognized best practices.

Life Skills Management Curriculum
YDI materials and resources nurture social and emotional growth, improved decision making skills, and academic growth in youth, and are perfect for after-school programming, elective class instruction, summer enrichment and/or employment initiatives or as training supplementation for existing programs.

You will empower your youth to be more pro-active and personally responsible for achieving measurable success in their lives. Become a partner by making a tax-deductible contribution to YDI.


In their words...


I learned that you have to have a plan in order to complete your goals. And you also have to go after your dreams and don’t stop no matter what.


Student, Diana Gonzalez
The KEYS to True Self-Esteem

YDI Intro for website

YDI Founder Darryl Bego explains why he established the organization and how YDI differs from similar youth-serving agencies. (1:53 min)
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Parent Testimonials – LIFT ‘09

Parents of the LIFT Afterschool / Summer Employment Program speak on the positive changes they have seen in their teenage children. (3:07 min)
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