Youth development is a way to help young people acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults. While these programs are diverse and some focus on intervention as or after problems occur, most youth development work is preventative in nature.
Almost $302 million is invested in over 275 Illinois social impact organizations that do direct service youth development work. Those groups serve 1.2 million youth each year.
One third of that investment comes from government, and the rest from private sources like foundations and individuals who care about youth. Download the Youth Development fact sheet.
It plays an economic role in Illinois–as job creators, as avoiders of costly social problems. It is also a builder of human capital, a pillar in communities, and a protector of natural resources — including our kids.
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