Developing Lives Since 1971.
For almost a half century, YDI has been fighting a war against poverty and all its causes and effects.
Using a committed and driven group of the nation's best social workers, we have approached the issues of health, education, employment, and childhood development with a comprehensive and multi-angular approach.
In a State that comes in last in the nation for issues like hunger, child well-being, and education, YDI is first, on the front lines to battle each and every social ill.
New Mexico is last in the nation for child hunger- Feeding America reports that 1 in 3 children go to bed hungry. YDI is on the front lines of this issue, having provided 788,216 free meals this year to the people we serve through our 21st Century Learning after school program, our Computer Clubhouse, Amistad, and Head Start sites.
New Mexico has the worst graduation rate in the country. YDI fights to change this by having 170 students graduate with their high school equivalency diplomas in 2016- this is in addition to the 940 diplomas earned by YDI students since 2004.
Through YDI’s Stay in School, 21st Century Learning Centers, the Computer Clubhouse, and our Elev8 community schools 5,493 children and parents were actively engaged in program activities.
Through YDI’s Education & Employment programs 720 young people received employability skills training with 99% of them receiving paid work experience and/or internships upon completing their program.
When you think of service please think of us and the difference our agency makes in people’s lives and what we will continue to do. Thank you for your support.