The Most Frequently
Asked Questions About QYD™
1. What does QYD™ mean?
QYD™ are the initials for Quality Youth Development. It can be spoken as individual letters (Q-Y-D) or pronounced phonetically as “quid."
2. What is the definition of Quality Youth Development?
The term Quality Youth Development is defined here as “substantive, measurable and sustainable community actions that support, engage, inspire, and empower youth."
3. What is a QYD Community™?
This is a city, town, village or neighborhood that has successfully completed a 6 to 9 months process through which it has achieved at least 7 of the 10 QYD™ benchmarks to demonstrate their support of youth, and as a result has been certified as a QYD Community™.
4. Why would a community seek the QYD™ certification?
The 10 QYD Benchmarks are aligned with the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets ™ which are embraced by youth serving agencies throughout the nation. By achieving these benchmarks, a community is demonstrating its support for youth, which will help youth to thrive. This commitment to youth will also attract residents and businesses to the community, and will encourage youth to remain in or return to the community after school graduation.
5. How can our town become a QYD Community™?
Section V of the QYD™ Manual describes the step by step process that a small group of residents can follow to galvanize other community members in support of the project.
6. Is there a fee to become a QYD Community™?
There is no fee for the first three communities in Vermont to pursue the QYD™ credential, to receive technical support from the QYD Project™, or to become certified. Contact the QYD Project™ for fees outside of Vermont.
7. How long does it take to become certified?
This process has been designed to take 6-9 months for a small community to achieve. It may be possible to achieve in less than 6 months, and extensions beyond 9 months are possible, depending upon the progress being made.
8. Will the QYD Project™ support us during this process?
QYD™ technical assistance providers (associated with Essex CHIPS) are available to guide and support a local Steering Committee through the certification process. This could involve up to 10 hours/month of support, by phone, video conference, or in person as needed. The QYD Project™ will provide up to 25 copies of this manual, which contains numerous templates for various documents required by the certification process.
9. Who decides if we have met the QYD benchmarks?
An independent QYD Credentialing Committee (QCC) will review, score, and rate your application to become a QYD Community™. The QCC is appointed by Essex CHIPS, and consists of 3-7 Youth Development and/or Education professionals from outside the community under review. Each member of the QCC will score your application separately, and the group as a whole will then discuss and decide as to whether you have met the Benchmarks, and what start rating you have achieved. The decision by the QCC can be appealed in writing within 30 days by the community.
10. Can we can an extension on the time period to complete the process?
Yes, 3-month extensions (up to a total of 15 months for an application process) are possible, pending progress being made by the community.