Youth Development Initiatives Inc. seeks to maximize the potential in underprivileged, at-risk youth and the agencies that work with them by devising curriculum and training modules that establish effective guidance courses, after school and mentoring programs, and summer enrichment initiatives founded on research and widely recognized best practices. YDI program designs and curriculum encourages students to stay in school, develop personal action plans, serve their community, and develop the job-readiness skills necessary to compete in an ever-changing, 21st Century global marketplace.
What Makes Us Unique...
...is the Life Management Guidance Course curriculum. It is an innovative,
PowerPoint-based educational tool that nurtures 21st Century learning skills. It is designed to keep ALL students
on task no matter what their learning style – auditory, visual, or kinesthetic. It’s format also engages students
in active learning, one of fifteen best practices cited by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N).
In addition, YDI provides powerful training modules for mentor programs (Effective Mentoring
Necessities: Using TIME Wisely To Form Strong Relationships With Mentees), teacher/youth worker in-service
workshops (WIN’EM: “Gaining The Perspective & Practical Skills To Lead At-Risk Youth) and more!
Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help YDI meet the needs of more teens. Contributing to YDI
In their words...
Today, I learned that I have to put a time frame to my goals and make sure they are realistic and attainable. I also learned to make my goals very specific. I learned that I need to make the right choices and decisions. Also, I learned that I will be successful if I believe.