The Education, Employment and Training Division (EE&T) was formed in 1987.
The mission of EE&T is to cultivate growth in youth and young adults by providing comprehensive programs and supportive services leading to successful educational attainment and employment.
The division is comprised of 8 programs that provide alternative education, drop out prevention and workforce development services to youth and young adults. EE&T serves over 3,000 youth and adults per year providing tutoring, GED instruction, workforce training, Medicaid enrollment, leadership activities, mentoring, job development and work experience.
All programs and services are aimed at empowering youth to further develop the skills and education necessary to promote positive citizenship in their community.
Over 2,400 youth have been served through the GED program over the past 25 years with 89% successfully attaining their GED and awarded a New Mexico High School diploma.
Stay in School Program
Over 3,300 youth have participated in the Stay-in-School program over the past 24 years with 99% increasing their reading and/or math levels, 98% receiving employability and life skill training, 94% receiving valuable work experience opportunities, and 99% remaining in school till graduation.
In the last three years, YDI has trained nearly 900 youth and young adults with 85% completing the program and gaining valuable workplace skills. Sixty percent (60%) have attained their Career Readiness Certificate and 45% have gained employment.
Reconnecting young people who have dropped out of high school to earn their secondary and postsecondary credentials. YouthBuild participants learn important on-site construction skills while working toward their GED.
Youth Development Inc. has been fortunate to manage 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) that provide out-of-school programs to students who attend Albuquerque Public Schools since 2000. The New Mexico Public Education Office has released a Request for Proposal for entities to again apply to manage these 21st CCLC programs for eligible schools.
YDI intends to apply for 21st CCLC out-of-school time programs at the following sites:
- Kennedy MS
- SR Marmon ES
- Wherry ES
- Grant MS
- Eugene Field ES
- Cochiti ES
- Mary Ann Binford ES
- Washington MS
- RFK Charter MS
- YDI Computer Clubhouse ( John Adams MS, Lavaland ES, Jimmy Carter MS)
YDI is pleased to be a recipient of the Darden Citizen Restaurant Community Grant and their recent donation to YDI's drop out prevention initiatives and our mission to keep kids in school! Thank you Darden Foundation! Read more about the Darden Foundation.