What is Community-Based Youth Development?
CYD is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the premises (beliefs), principles (conceptualizations and theories) and practices of youth development. Being "community-based," the program incorporates a variety of opportunities for students to learn about the protective and risk factors that may or may not exist within youth's families, neighborhoods, and communities.
The Community-Based Youth Development program is designed to:
- Enrich students' ability to connect their liberal arts and sciences coursework with interdisciplinary curricular experiences
- Advance students' critical thinking related to the social, psychological, and healthy development of young people
- Provide experiences to increase a sense of community-based social and civic responsiveness necessary for effective youth work practice.