What is the QYD™ Project?

The QYD Project™ is a national 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.


The project began at Vermont non-profit, Essex CHIPS, which established 10 QYD Benchmarks for a community to achieve, in order to demonstrate its commitment to “Quality Youth Development” and thus be certified as a QYD Community™.

The achievement of the QYD Community™ certification will benefit local youth by more actively engaging the broader community in a discussion about positive youth development principles, the value of promoting the 40 Developmental Assets, and by a deeper commitment of community support that will better enable youth to succeed in school - and as adult members of the community.


The QYD Community™ certification will also benefit the community as a whole through the success of its young adult residents, and the greater likelihood that the youth whose education has been paid for by the community will become productive members of the community after school graduation.


Upon being notified of their QYD™ credential, the local QYD Steering Committee will kick into celebration mode! They will organize a press conference, do TV/radio interviews, seek public proclamations from both local and state government, create new signage in the community, post the achievement on websites, Facebook and other social media.

The Quality Youth Development™ Project is made possible by funding from the VT Department of Health, VT Agency of Education, Vermont Youth Development Corps, the Youth in Transition Program, the Mergens Family Foundation, and the Hoehl Family Foundation. It is undergoing a 2 year evaluation by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont.

Want to learn more? Watch a brief "Introduction to QYD™" presentation or download our info sheet.