Youth Development is an important field because it provides youth with meaningful educational, social, and emotional growth opportunities outside of school. Providing quality out of school programs helps foster independent critical thinking skills and provides youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills.
It is important to invest in this field and produce high quality youth workers for these programs to be successful. The Youth Development major at Rhode Island College is doing this by providing partnerships and opportunities to work with local youth in the community, while helping future youth workers to develop professional skills and tools to use with youth. It is exciting to be a part of this relatively new program at RIC, and I believe it is already having a positive impact on youth workers and youth in Rhode Island.