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Youth Development Program (YDP)


The Youth Development Program provides individualized transition and independent-living services for youth ages 14 through 23 who are, or have been, in the custody of the Department for Children and Families.

Available services are youth-driven and focus on supporting participants in setting personal goals, identifying steps, removing barriers, and expanding natural support networks.

Program Details

YDP case managers deliver services to youth in individual and group settings, and also provide opportunities for youth leadership experience. In particular, in coordination with YDP, the Youth Development Committee is a statewide youth advocacy group that provides youth input on child welfare policies, social worker trainings, and serves as a forum for youth voices.

YDP case managers provide:

  • Life skills assessment
  • Training and coaching
  • Referrals to other services including: mental health and substance abuse counseling
  • Access to health insurance and physical health care
  • Education planning and linkage to educational services and supports for high school completion/GED prep and or college preparation
  • Vocational support and training
  • Assistance in exploring and connecting with kinship networks and other social supports
  • Safe housing options

(Data from LRC FY’ 23 Annual Report)


Joe Gardiner headshot

Youth Development Coordinator
(802) 585-4285 |

I lived in foster care from when I was about 13 until about 18, and YDP has helped me tremendously over the years. If it wasn’t for YDP I don’t know where I would be right now.

— YDP Youth