How We Can Help
For almost a half century, Youth Development. has been fighting a war against poverty and all its causes and effects. We are always trying to find a better way to partner with families to solve life’s problems by providing an accepting environment that offers diverse services that have proven results. In a State that comes in last in the nation for issues like hunger, child well-being, and education, YDI is first on the front lines to battle each and every social ill.
New Mexico is last in the nation for child hunger- Feeding America reports that 1 in 3 children go to bed hungry. YDI is on the front lines of this issue, having provided 788,216 free meals this year to the people we serve.
New Mexico has the worst graduation rate in the country. YDI fights to change this by having 170 students graduate with their high school equivalency diplomas in 2016- this is in addition to the 940 diplomas earned by YDI students since 2004.
Through YDI’s programs over 6,000 children and parents were actively engaged in program activities.
Through YDI’s Education & Employment programs more than 700 young people received employability skills training with 99% of them receiving paid work experience and/or internships upon completing their program.
When you think of service please think of us and the difference our agency makes in people’s lives and what we will continue to do. Thank you for your support.