Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) officially kicks off its YouthBuild Program
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, is a nonprofit organization helping children, youth and families reach their full potential. In August 2014, YDI received a $1.1 million grant from the US Department of Labor to operate a YouthBuild program in Albuquerque. YDI has been in a planning phase for the last four months with its key partners including the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, Home Builders Institute, APS, Associated Builders and Contractors, Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, the University of New Mexico Educational Opportunity Center, and Central New Mexico Community College to build a successful program for youth.
The YouthBuild program works with youth ages 16-24 that have dropped out of school to provide GED instruction, construction skills training, leadership development and case management to help youth complete their education and gain certification in the construction field. In addition to classroom training, participants will receive paid on-the-job training working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for low-income families. All participants will complete the program with the credentials, skills and knowledge to pursue long-term employment.
Please join us this Friday to learn more about the program, and wish our first cohort of 22 students good luck!
Friday, January 23, 2015 – 12:00-2:00 pm - Lunch will be provided -
YDI Career Education Service Center • 6306 Central Ave. SW • Albuquerque (2 blocks east of Coors on the south side of Central)
PASOS NUEVOS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
There are immediate openings for Substance Abuse Treatment in YDI's Pasos Nuevos Program. This program is funded by the City of Albuquerque and provides individual and family therapy to youth who are either abusing substances or have a chemical dependency issue.
All youth referred will receive a Free Assessment to determine need and if they require a higher level of care will be referred on to a more appropriate provider.
SERVICES ARE FREE !!!!!
To Qualify Youth Must Meet the Following Criteria:
Live in Albuquerque
Be using/abusing substances
Meet income guidelines
To make a referral please contact the South Valley Counseling Office at 212-7405 or complete the referral form attached to this e-mail and fax it to 877-3533.
For program specific information contact Lynda Moore at 212-7390 Or Michelle Sanchez at 212-7392.
GET UP GET MOVING 2014
For the past couple of years, YDI has partnered with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to put on an annual event called “Viva Tu Vida! Get Up, Get Moving!” which gathers community members to get together, eat healthy foods, get health screenings, and see what physical activities are available to them in their city. This year, the event was put on in Los Lunas.
Los Lunas, New Mexico will continue celebrating ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events in 2015 and 2016 with seed money granted to Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The free annual event is the Alliance’s healthy lifestyles initiative and it celebrates Hispanic family health.
The 2016 event will be a great celebration, observing 10 years of ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® events in Los Lunas through the Alliance’s partnership with YDI.
This year, the village joined the national effort to get 25,000 people up and moving in 11 communities through these events.
YDI’s Valencia Division hosted this year’s event in collaboration with the Valencia County Juvenile Justice Board and the Village of Los Lunas. This year, about 950 people were in attendance.
“We share the vision of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health for strong healthy communities,” said YDI Interim President and CEO Debra Baca. “We are honored that the Alliance recognizes YDI’s work to foster the health, well-being and prosperity of Hispanics across New Mexico.”
National sponsors of ¡Vive Tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® are Newman’s Own Foundation and the Healthy Americas Foundation.
“We are proud to support the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in providing community-based health and nutrition outreach,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is the support of nonprofits whose focus is on nutrition, and ¡Vive Tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® works to address a broad range of needs on the local level.”
Reflecting the initiative’s priority on movement, the October 25 Los Lunas ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event featured Zumba dancing, a Zombie walk/run, boxing classes, hip hop, ballet and belly dancing, in addition to a blood drive, mammograms, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks, a car seat clinic and nutrition and health education.
Besides Los Lunas, the communities these events serve are Brownsville, Dallas and Houston, Texas, Bronx and Queens, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
Please support YDI Foundation through your United Way Campaign.
You can also donate online through the United Way of Central of New Mexico:
1. Click on the Donate button
2. Login or register with United Way
3. Go to “Select an Agency” and enter “YDI Foundation”
4. Donate directly to YDI Foundation: Your support and partnership will help
make Albuquerque a better place to live for our children, youth and families.