To eliminate obstacles that preclude youth from achieving self sufficiency and becoming productive citizens.
Youth Professional Development, Inc. (YPD) is a 501C(3) non-profit organization that successfully provides intervention and prevention services for teenagers. For 30 years, YPD has provided services to more than 4,000 teens in Prince George's County, Maryland.
YPD mentors and empowers teens through access to educational and career resources, foundational employment skills, financial literacy, promoting healthy lifestyles and healthier families. One of YPD's flagship programs is the 6-week Summer Work Program. This program exposes participants to skills and technology that will propel them academically and professionally. Moreover, the program exposes teens to career professionals to help explore and discover their full potential.
The mission of YPD is to eliminate obstacles that preclude youth from achieving self-sufficiency and becoming productive citizens. Through the years, YPD's program has successfully changed the trajectory of the lives of participants and future generations. YPD has done this by meeting the teens where they are, transforming lives to decrease welfare dependency, while also increasing their ability to secure sustainable employment.
A curriculum of career and job readiness workshops covers topics such as
goal setting, resumé writing, job interviewing techniques, job searches, work ethics, healthy lifestyles and financial literacy/budgeting.
After a week of pre-employment activities, teens are placed with partner job-sites where they build their skills as they gain valuable work experience.
Before beginning their summer work experience, teens are taken on a shopping trip to buy clothing to enhance their professional image.
During life skills retreats, teens have an opportunity to examine past choices and learn about healthy lifestyles (decision-making, prevention, mental wellness and goal setting. Teens discuss mental health issues and know how to set smart goals. Have an action plan for reaching their parenting, educational and career goals.
Doing new things, visiting new places, opening up a world of possibilities as teens have an opportunity to explore new activities.
Participants tour campuses of local higher educational institutions. Teens will be educated on the college criteria, application process, scholarships, and financial aid. Eighty percent of seniors in the YPD program will have a plan to enroll in post-secondary education or seek employment.