Culture & Values

THIS REGION’S LEADING RESOURCE ON THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT APPROACH VISION & MISSION

YDN’s mission is to create life-changing experience s for youth to thrive and succeed.  YDN believes that training and  professional  development for  people  who  work  with youth is a  critical component  of  achieving  our vision. YDN’s training programs, networking, resources, and public policy efforts all work together to improve the quality of youth services and promote youth development principles across a broad range of communities, youth serving organizations, education, faith groups, juvenile justice agencies, and businesses.

We see our communities filled with youth who can achieve personal and academic success, be connected to adults and their community, have a positive vision of their future and grow up to be healthy, productive and civic-minded adults. YDN is dedicated to ensure that all systems and services that support youth are high quality so that youth get the supports and opportunities they need to succeed.  YDN is a leading resource on the youth development approach.  

WHAT WE DO

•  COACHING and TRAINING—INSPIRING LEADERS & CULTIVATING LEARNING.
YDN believes that in order to develop healthy young people, the people who work with youth must be equipped with effective tools and best practices. YDN provides customized training and technical assistance to organizations and schools to help them align their practices with a youth development and strengths approach.  Training programs include the Youth Development Institute,  Youth  Engagement  Academy,  Strengths-Based  Development,  Strengths-Based  Leadership  and  Youth Leadership training. For a summary of YDN trainings, please visit the YDN website.

•  NETWORKING —PROMOTING BEST PRACTICES AND CONNECTING RESOURCES.
YDN is committed to the people and  organizations  they  train,  believing  that  sustainable  change  happens  through  continued  education  and networking  opportunities.    These  opportunities  include:  continuing  education  of  alumni,  our  trainers  network, professional convenings, and ongoing resource and activity updates via the YDN website and e-blasts.

•  YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS—PROVIDING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT, YOUTH VOICE AND CHOICE. 
In our mission to change the lives of youth, YDN does a lot of work with adult youth-serving professionals. However, we also run some amazing high-impact, engaging programs directly with youth, seeing the impact and change up close and personal that youth experience. We are proud of our youth leadership programs, which we feel are a model of a quality setting that offer dynamic opportunities for youth.

OUR ORGANIZATION’S VALUES
In working to improve the community, YDN lives and breathes the same core principles we inspire others to bring to their work with youth. YDN hires and grows highly talented people who are committed to youth success and the following core values, which are the heart of its success: 

•  RELATIONSHIPS:
We build  open  and  honest  relationships  that  foster   knowledge  and  trust.  In  this  way everyone’s unique ideas are brought to bear, and the results are awesome.

•  SOCIAL JUSTICE:
To promote inclusion, our work honors diversity, equal voice and equal choice for all.

•  CHANGE:
We  embrace  and  drive  change.  To  do  this,  we  must  be  more  curious  than  certain.  Continuous improvement often means doing things differently.

•  FUN:
We bring a positive team and family spirit to our work. We create ways to enjoy the work, and engage the heart and soul.