Youth Development Academy

The University of Missouri (MU Extension) Youth Development Academy raises the potential of professionals to design and lead positive youth development for children and youth, ages 5-18.

Through YDA, participants learn how to relate principles of positive youth development to settings in which they work.  After completing the five-day experience, participants are able to:

  • Apply ages and stages of youth development
  • Design experiential learning activities
  • Create environments for positive relationships 
  • Plan and evaluate youth programs
  • Embrace culture and diversity as assets 
  • Facilitate youth-adult partnerships 
  • Develop volunteer systems
  • Manage risk to protect youth
  • Build community partnerships

Course Flyer (PDF) | Student Spotlight (PDF) | How to Register (PDF) | Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) | Contact us (Email)

Alison Copeland, University of Missouri
1110 S College Ave, Room 105, Columbia, MO 65211-3410        

Steve Henness, University of Missouri
1110 S College Ave, Room 142, Columbia, MO 65211-3410