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...


We were very impressed with Mr. Bego's training concepts and materials, as well as, his ability to develop a good rapport with our staff. Mr. Bego's approaches to youth development are both tangible and specific. Participants in his programs are able to take advantage of his extensive background working in the school system as a teacher and career advisor as well as his obvious passion to see youth excel. We have found him to be a rare and accomplished advocate of youth causes who is equally effective working with youth and adults.

We highly recommend Mr. Bego and his work to any institution or organization seeking to improve the services of youth in their community.


Stanley D. Watkins,
Key Business Executive, City of Charlotte

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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