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 greatly appreciate all of the valuable information that was give to us over the course of two half days. Mr. Bego really explained the curriculum where I know I will be able to teach it to my students the same way. This is a great tool for our students; I do believe they will excel and enjoy the course. I'm excited to teach the Life Management Guidance Course!


High School Teacher, Mrs. E. Swann

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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