Career Internship Network (CIN) Since 2003, YDI has led this practice network and provided training and on-site technical assistance to the leadership, middle managers and line staff of organizations that host high-quality high school internships. It currently boasts over 40 program members from major institutions across New York City that include museums, libraries, botanical gardens and performing arts centers. Learn more about CIN.


Positive Adolescent Community Supervision Initiative In 2015, YDI began providing thought leadership, training, coaching, network facilitation and technical assistance in support of the New York City Department of Probation’s federally funded Positive Adolescent Supervision Project. Through consultation with DOP leadership, along with training and coaching of probation officers and supervisors, YDI seeks to ensure that the Department’s efforts in promoting long-term behavior change among its adolescent and young adult caseload are aligned with the principles of positive youth development to effectively meet the needs of youth on probation.


My Brother's Keeper Youth Council (MBKYC) (Formerly, The Mayor's Youth Leadership Council) In partnership with the Child Center of New York, YDI leads the MBKYC, an initiative that seeks to involve young people as valued and active participants in policy issues that affect their peers and their own communities. YDI trains a diverse cohort of young adults from across New York City in leadership development, policy research, and youth philanthropy and supports them in developing community benefit projects and meaningful policy recommendations through participation in 10 Regional youth councils and an annual Youth Summit. YDI also directly supports local staff members who manage Regional Councils with training, coaching, and capacity building designed to improve their youth leadership practices. Contact MBKYC.


Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) Initiative YDI has been a key partner to the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and their COMPASS Initiative. We have delivered our Advancing Youth Development training in place with more advanced youth development training to staff at 96 out-of-school time provider organizations, encompassing 200 elementary and 450 middle school sites. YDI has employed a Train-the-Trainer approach to build organizational capacity. 


Learning to Work (LTW) Initiative YDI began supporting the New York City Department of Education's LTW Initiative, working with DOE and community-based organization leaders, middle managers and line staff to increase their capacity to positively impact student outcomes. LTW focuses on students who are over-age and under credited and provides job readiness, career exploration, and academic and student support. Through this work, YDI supported the expansion of LTW from 11 to 80 programs that serve some 19,000 students.


STRIVE Future Leaders  Our work with STRIVE began in 2013, when YDI partnered with the organization to adapt their successful workforce development model for youth participants in their NYC program. In 2015, YDI was invited to work with the organization’s national office to develop and implement a new curriculum for justice-involved youth. Through a year-long planning process, the STRIVE Future Leaders program was born. STRIVE Future Leaders supports young adults between the ages of 18–24 who have been involved in the justice system. The program provides participants with case management services, post-secondary education opportunities, occupational skills training, service learning projects, paid internships, education placement assistance and job readiness training. YDI continues to support implementation of the Future Leaders program, which now operates in 10 sites across the country, through staff development, content enhancements and ongoing model revision. YDI also facilitates integration of Algorhythm’s Youth Development ilearning System with local program sites to enable measurement of youth development program impact.