At YDI, we recognize that the principles of Positive Youth Development are not only an effective approach to designing and implementing youth services, but they are the essential components for building strong and resilient organizations. We leverage this knowledge and our expertise around program design, leadership development, and youth participation to help our clients build effective infrastructure, craft intentional and rigorous strategies and develop a culture where excellent youth development practice can take root. We then facilitate the translation of youth development principles into concrete strategies that practitioners can use in their everyday work with youth, staff, and among organizational leaders.

Our Approach is centered on YDI’s Framework for Positive Youth Development. This Framework is based on decades of research and practical experience, and reflects young people’s core development needs. The Framework views practices, programming, and policy through the three interrelated spheres of Connectedness, Preparation, and Opportunities:

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