On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration to operate a YouthBuild program in Albuquerque. YDI was one of 71 programs awarded across the U.S.
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, provides educational and developmental assistance to children, youth and families throughout Central and Northern New Mexico. The YDI YouthBuild program will serve 65 Albuquerque youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with academic and occupational skills training aimed at assisting youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to complete their education, gain industry-recognized certificates in the construction field, and transition to employment. Other program services include leadership development, service learning, mentoring, and workforce literacy. Services are scheduled to start within the next four months.
“YDI is thrilled to be a recipient of YouthBuild,” says Debra Baca, President/CEO of YDI. “The skills these young people will learn are valuable lifelong lessons. Along with our partners, the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, the Homebuilders Institute, the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Public Schools, we will ensure young people will obtain their GED and acquire construction and work readiness skills while they actively participate in building affordable housing for low-income families. This effort changes the face and dynamics of neighborhoods and is a source of pride for all involved!”
HEAD START HONORED WITH AWARD
Youth Development, Inc. was honored with an award sponsored by Commissioner Debbie O’Malley on Tuesday, March 25th, at the County Commission meeting. The award ceremony honored agencies who work with children and families to prevent child abuse. The award reads “In Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Presented to Youth Development, Incorporated in Grateful Appreciation for your Outstanding Dedication to the Children of our Community; Bernalillo County Commission Debbie O’Malley, Chair.
Youth Development, Inc. provides an exceptional early learning program recognized nationally as NAEYC Accredited “Centers of Excellence” for over 1,700 young children from 6 weeks to 5 years old though the Pregnant Women’s program; Homes Based Visitation services, Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre K programs.
Parents are trained on what constitutes positive discipline versus child abuse. Annually, staff and parents learn the indicators of child abuse and neglect as well as the reporting process. It is our moral obligation and the Law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.
This award honors the 42 year legacy of YDI’s community involvement. YDI’s Amistad Youth Crisis Shelter provides a safe haven for young adolescents. The majority of who are survivors of child abuse/neglect. The Behavioral Health programs provide therapy for high risk families that are dealing with serious mental health issues. Counseling is designed to stop the cycle of domestic violence and abuse. All YDI programs through the vast array of services are devoted to helping children and families achieve their full potential.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – but let us be mindful that every day it is our duty to protect our most vulnerable and precious children.