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Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.


Through service-learning, young people—from kindergarten to college students—use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.


Service-learning can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including schools, universities, and community-based and faith-based organizations. It can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school. Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas such as education, public safety, and the environment.

Community members, students, and educators everywhere are discovering that service-learning offers all its participants a chance to take part in the active education of youth while simultaneously addressing the concerns, needs, and hopes of communities.


Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, is a nationally recognized youth service organization that provides educational, developmental and humanitarian assistance to children, youth and families in central and northern New Mexico. As a 501 (c) 3, non-profit charitable organization, YDI is eligible to receive tax-deductible cash and in-kind donations. YDI's programs include tutoring, after-school activities, gang intervention, drop-out prevention, family counseling services, emergency teen shelter, youth sports, internships, scholarships, parenting skills, leadership development, public housing assistance, community corrections, GED studies, early childhood education via Head Start centers, substance abuse and AIDS education and many others.


We welcome the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive information about YDI via our website.  Please take a moment to find out more about the Services and Programs, Locations, Awards, and Jobs at YDI by clicking on any of the links to the left.  In addition, you'll find important information for donors through the YDI Foundation link, including a secure Online donation form.


The YDI Mission: To help children, youth and families achieve their full potential.