Educational Support Division
YDI Executive Vice President Robert Chavez’s history with YDI began when he was a 14-year-old summer youth employee. Today, he oversees three YDI divisions, Education, Employment and Training, Educational Support and Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, focused on furthering youths' successful educational attainment and employment, helping children, youths, adults and families stay healthy, gain life skills and have safe living environments and providing youths with opportunities beyond their classroom experiences.
He is the former interim co-division director for the New Mexico Human Services Department's Behavioral Health Services Division, where he oversaw the division, collaborated with other state agencies in the delivery of behavioral health services and was the designated point of contact to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Chavez, who holds MA and BS degrees from the University of Phoenix, is a licensed foster parent with NM's Children, Youth and Families Department and a former YDI Employee of the Year.
The 21st CCLC before/after school programs are federally funded programs designed to serve students throughout the state of New Mexico. These federal grants are offered to schools that serve high-poverty areas.
YDI-Elev8 community schools remove barriers to learning by partnering to assure high-quality educational and youth development practices focused on student success. By implementing a full-service community schools’ strategy, including extended learning, school-based health and family engagement and supports, YDI-Elev8 community school schools can remove academic barriers to learning, improve school climate and engage parents and families in student learning.
The YDI Family Connections VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Program serves to combat poverty in disadvantaged communities by: