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Youth Development Initiatives

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Year Founded:
2005
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Darryl L. Bego
Main Address:
PO Box 480480
Charlotte, NC 28269
Physical Address:
200 E. Arrowhead Drive
#W2
Charlotte, NC 28213

What We Do

YDI exists so that one day every disadvantaged adolescent youth will have access to quality after school programs that provide structure, skill-building and social-capital building opportunities year-round that result in upward economic mobility and successful life outcomes.

YDI gives hope to disadvantaged adolescent youth that they can make pathways out of poverty by engaging them after school in evidence-based mentoring and life skills training in which they develop an EDGE:

1) Establish individualized career plans,
2) Develop vital life skills,
3) Gain essential real-world employment and social capital-
building opportunities and
4) Explore college/post-secondary training options.

Interesting Info

We specialize in serving OLDER youth, who are the most under-served target population in the Charlotte region.
YDI's correlated wraparound model combines evidence-based life skills training and mentoring to radically redirect the life trajectories of at-risk youth.
Students that spend at least one year in YDI measurably improve their grades, reading levels, life-job skills and graduate high school with career/ed plans.

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