The Youth Development Institute (YDI) seeks to improve the lives of young people in New York City by supporting the integration of positive youth development principles in programs that serve them and by promoting practices and policies that enable youth to thrive.

Our vision is that young people in New York City will receive high quality services, supports and opportunities that foster their assets, build healthy community connections, strengthen their skills and competencies, and prepare them to transition successfully into adulthood.  

YDI has led the field in promoting Positive Youth Development in New York City for 25 years by developing innovative program models, serving as a technical assistance provider to numerous City initiatives, supporting organizations to bolster their youth development programming, and providing organizational development support.