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Services that Support School-Aged Youth and Their Families As young people go through the important process of finding their way to adulthood, communities, families and programs involved in youth development are working toward establishing positive results in the lives of youth. Youth development is about the people, programs, organizations and systems that support the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of youth and their families. Youth development may look like any of the following services:
  • An adult who volunteers time to mentor or tutor a young person;
  • A school that partners with community-based organizations to keep its doors open to provide all youth a safe, supervised place to be with homework support, activities, physical and mental health services;
  • A leadership development program that offers rival gang members neutral territory where they can relate to one another as individuals and build skills;
  • A county government that engages youth in the policy making process through youth councils and youth positions in government departments;
  • A religious institution that provides youth access to computers and the necessary training; and
  • A local business which employs youth in meaningful and relevant work. (from Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, AED)
Advisor: Shané A. Tate, Montgomery County Collaboration Council
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Sites with Information on Youth Development

Presented here are sites with information on youth development initiatives and programs, as well as links to key research and information that can inform programming for youth.
    • Afterschool Programs Connecting afterschool providers to Federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours.

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To learn more about other quality after school programs, resources available and advocacy efforts, please explore these other great websites we have highlighted below just for you.


To improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Montgomery County, Maryland through collaborative partnerships.

Every student will have the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career.

To provide high quality, diverse, and accessible programs, services and facilities that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures, and abilities.


  • The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) established Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) as a project to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland.
  • The MOST Network is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland’s young people. MOST Network also offers a variety of youth development professional training, professional development and networking.
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers


  • Has online tutorials for finding funding and long-term sustainability for afterschool programs.
  • ACA’s Professional Development Center is built on a framework of knowledge, skills, and abilities identified with and related to work in the camp and youth development profession.
  • Provides evidence based tools and trainings to increase positive outcomes for youth in out-of-school time programs.
  • Builds systems of support in cities to help share and strengthen relationships between after-school programs, public schools, community organizations, and funders.
  • An excellent source of information on youth issues including bullying
  • Their mission is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school time community.
  • NIOST’s mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities.
  • Provides research, guidance and expertise to the summer learning community.
  • Healthy relationships require communication and intimacy skills; they also rely on individual characteristics such as emotional self-regulation, social confidence, and empathy. These resources are available from ACT Youth.
  • Provides research, resources, and expertise to help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.
  • Provides latest news from across the web on afterschool and youth development.
  • A national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children.

Recent News: Youth Development – (See All)

Presented here are articles of interest and information on local, statewide and national initiatives on programming for Youth Development

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