Providing caring adult connections and life guidance to disadvantaged adolescent youth

YDI scholars engage in an individualized development process that combines project-based learning applications with real-world learning experiences to build critical life skills, career planning and post-secondary education preparedness.


YDI materials and resources nurture social and emotional growth, improved decision making skills, and academic improvement in youth. 

YDI Life Skills Academy

The YDI Life skills Academy is an after school program for disadvantaged adolescent youth ages 14-18. 

Life Management

The Life Management Guidance curriculum is an interactive training tool that steers youth through a personalized development process.


YDI mentors frequently say how they receive as much as they give from the program and mentees.

Capitalize Employment

The YDI Youth Employment Program is a coveted reward for those students who complete the Life Management Guidance Course.

About US

We lead the way in insuring ALL youth live in stable and caring communities

Youth Development Initiatives Inc. strives to lead the way in insuring ALL youth live in stable and caring communities where they receive meaningful educations, develop vital life skills and engage in essential social capital-building opportunities that ultimately result in successful futures.

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What our participants say

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Contact YDI

Youth Development Initiatives

PO Box 480480
Charlotte, NC 28269-0480

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM