Who We Are

Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, is a nationally recognized youth and family service organization in New Mexico. We can help you with early childhood education and child care, prenatal care, alternative education, job training and placement, mental and behavioral health services, homeless assistance, mentoring, family development and family counseling services.

Our Story.

 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.

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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 over 500,000 free meals this year to the people we serve throughout New Mexico.

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.