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...


This really touched me deeper in ways of my life than anyone I’ve ever talked to. This made me realize that sports and girls are not my life and that I should find my road map as a 15-year-old and drive to my final destination.


Student, Anonymous
Finding Your PLACE in Today’s World and Job Marketplace

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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