Youth Development Academy

The University of Missouri (MU) 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.
  • Align youth programs with ages and stages of youth development.
  • Design experiential learning activities that support youth learning and development.
  • Create environments that promote positive relationships between youth and adults.
  • Plan and evaluate youth programs that deliver positive results and impact.
  • Embrace culture and diversity as assets for development in a multi-cultural society.
  • Facilitate youth-adult partnerships and engage youth as resources and partners.
  • Develop volunteer systems to grow resources and meet youth developmental needs.
  • Manage risks to protect youth and to safeguard assets and reputation of programs.
  • Build community partnerships to expand capacity and improve outcomes for youth.

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

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