Monday, December 5, 2016

What is Youth Development?

"Youth development programs seek to improve the lives of children and adolescents by meeting their basic physical, developmental, and social needs and by helping them to build the competencies needed to become successful adults."

YDEV is a program offered at Rhode Island College that allows you to pursue an assortment of careers that involve working with youth. In this program, your final year of schooling consists of an internship of your choice completing up to 180 hours in your organization. In this program, you take a variety of courses throughout your 4 years. These courses include social work, education, and non profit classes. As a YDEV major, you also will be lucky enough to have the opportunity working directly with youth. You will spend 15 hours in an inner city classroom, 20 hours in a special education classroom, as well as venturing into the real world for a series of assignments.

Rhode Island College is currently the only university in Rhode Island that offers the youth development program. This major is perfect for an individual who enjoys working with youth without the responsibility of teaching in a classroom setting. Youth Development provides a safe space for today's youth which allows them to voice their opinions and lead within a community.