Youth in Development

Volunteers work with youth to develop skills for transitioning from school to work, preparing for family life, and becoming engaged and active citizens in their communities. Volunteers also serve a valuable role in reaching special populations, such as orphans, street children, youth with disabilities, and other vulnerable young people. Volunteers build the capacity of the local people and organizations who work with youth.

Required Academic Coursework:

You are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas related to Youth in Development:

  • Child or Human Development
  • Community Development or Organizing
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work/Welfare

Required Enhancement Activities:

You are required to complete 200 hours of internship, study abroad, employment, or volunteer experience in one (or more) of these relevant areas.

  • Business
  • Conflict Resolution/Mediation
  • Education (Youth or Adult)
  • Environment
  • Health or HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Organizing Events or Training
  • Conducting Needs Assessments
  • RSO Leadership
  • Working with At-Risk Youth
  • Working with People with Disabilities
  • Youth Development or Mentoring

Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Youth in Development:

Youth in Development Video

Video courtesy of the U.S. Peace Corps.