The QYD Project™
The QYD Project™ is a community awareness and engagement campaign, in alignment with the 40 Developmental Assets developed years ago by the Search Institute. It seeks to raise community awareness and better engage communities, in support of their youth.
Organize a local QYD
Steering Committee within your community, with at least 40% of members between the ages of 13-19.
Complete the 10 QYD Benchmarks to demonstrate your community's commitment to Quality Youth Development.
Kick into celebration mode with public proclamations and press coverage upon being notified of your QYD Community™ credential!
Why Become a QYD™ Community?
Through the certification process, the community will be more aware of the attributes and value of Quality Youth Development, and many youth in the QYD Community™ will:
better realize they are valued and respected
be offered more meaningful opportunities
demonstrate increased resilience and self-confidence
be more likely to thrive in school & as community members.
be more inclined to remain in, or return to, the community after school graduation.
“I have been continually impressed with the project's ability to engage teens, of all ages and abilities, in meaningful ways. Likewise, it has been amazing to see those teens share their many talents with our community.”
Lindsey Fuentes-George, Co-Chair of Middlebury QYD
Contact the QYD Project™
For Vermont QYD, contact Sarah Brunkhorst at
For Massachusetts QYD, contact David Voegele at or 978-255-3772