YDI is proud to have partnered with Flourish Agenda to co-host their first Radical Healing Retreat on the East Coast. Based in Oakland, California, Flourish Agenda and their leader, Shawn Ginwright, are on a mission to engage and heal young people of color and unleash their potential. The Retreat was an opportunity to bring together youth development professionals to introduce them to the Flourish Agenda framework and experience deeply its core concept of radical healing.Read More
On April 18, 2018, YDI, in partnership with the CUNY School of Professional Studies, Algorhythm and Youth Inc., hosted a conference at CUNY for youth development practitioners and policymakers. The conference—The State of Youth Development in New York City 2018—sought to gauge the current state of the field and bring together youth development professionals to brainstorm ideas and get inspired to build more just and equitable programs that address the issues that concern young people the most.
YDI’s Molly Delano recently presented at The Internationals Network for Public Schools’ Annual Fall Professional Development Conference. This year, the conference focused on empowering immigrant students, and Ms. Delano spoke on a panel titled “Beyond School: Discussing Social Contexts that Influence our Student’s Lives, our Work and the Pursuit of Safe, Affirming Communities.”Read More
Staff at SONYC, COMPASS, Beacon and Cornerstone sites across the city are participating in YDI-led learning communities designed to deepen understanding of positive youth development (PYD) and ensure that programs benefit from a strong foundation in PYD theory and practice.Read More
This spring YDI launched an Advisory Council for our Career Internship Network (CIN) to keep the voices of those we serve front and center. We’re excited to see the growth that CIN will experience with greater member engagement and participation in the process. Congratulations to...Read More
This past fall Executive Director, Sabrina Evans-Ellis, attended The Pinkerton Foundation's 50th Anniversary reception. She participated in an engaging panel discussion on the field of youth development...Read More
YDI is pleased to announce the release of our new publication, The Youth Development Institute’s Career Internship Network: Building and Sustaining Quality in Youth Internship Programs through an Enduring Community of Practice...Read More
Last fall, YDI partnered with the Child Center of NY to lead the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council (MYLC), an initiative that seeks to involve young people as valued and active participants in policy issues that affect their peers and their own communities...Read More
YDI continues to be a trusted partner in providing technical assistance to youth-serving programs across New York City. Last month, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) awarded YDI two capacity building services grants - one for Youth Development and one for Youth Leadership - totaling $150,000.
These grants support YDI's work with youth workers and staff of COMPASS, Beacon, Neighborhood Development Area, and Cornerstone Community Center programs, enabling YDI to deliver customized training, coaching and consulting, and to support learning communities. DYCD's generous awards will enable YDI to build capacity around understanding and integrating youth development principles, as well as facilitate staff's understanding of the tenets of youth leadership to prepare them to engage their youth participants as decision-makers and program leaders.
YDI thanks DYCD for their continued partnership.