A Community Certification Opportunity
The QYD Project is a new credentialing process that measures the achievement of 10 Benchmarks by a village/town/city/region in order for it to become certified as a “QYD Community.”
Achievement of this credential will demonstrate that a community is actively promoting youth engagement and youth empowerment – which have proven to be essential elements of any effective positive youth development strategy.
QYD is an acronym for “Quality Youth Development,” which is defined here as “substantive, measurable, and sustainable community actions that support, engage, inspire, and empower youth.” The attainment of this credential will become the quality standard that other communities will seek to achieve in order to retain youth in their communities, and to attract residents, businesses, and employees. Inspired by, and aligned with, the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets model, this will be the first credentialing effort in the United States that promotes, measures, and acknowledges a community’s commitment to youth in this manner.
Although designed by Essex CHIPS, the QYD operations and credentialing process will be managed by the newly formed Quality Youth Development, Inc. The 10 Benchmarks a village/town/city/region needs to achieve in order to receive the QYD Community certification are based upon a community’s commitment to:
I. Welcoming, inclusive, and accessible space in the community for any youth to gather safely when out of school.
II. Funding by the community in support of youth programs.
III. A professional youth-mentoring program serving the community.
IV. An elected community youth council, consisting of high school age students that will advise the community on issues directly and indirectly related to youth – and encourage youth to serve the community.
V. “Youth Are Welcome!” messaging posters displayed by downtown businesses.
VI. The engagement of youth as members of the Board of Directors of local non-profits providing services to youth. VII. Youth access to social services and resources outside of a school setting.
VII. Youth access to social services and resources outside of a school setting.
VIII. An annual youth conference or legislative forum for middle and high school students.
IX. Effective recruitment of young people for local community-wide committees. X. Creation of internship/employment opportunities for youth in local government and businesses.
X. Creation of internship/employment opportunities for youth in local government and businesses.
For further information contact:
(QYD Project Director)
(802) 878-6982 (x101) or
General Survey Info:
The Quality Youth Development Program, or QYD,
as established by Essex CHIPS, hopes to enact measures that promote substantive, measurable and sustainable community actions that support, engage, inspire, and empower youth.
The purpose of the following survey is to provide insight into the experiences of youth within the local community, in an effort to inform positive youth growth.
We are looking for adults and youth who live in Essex, Essex Junction, and Westford to complete a short survey about their about how youth and adults perceive the community that they live in. Please help us gather information for the program. Thanks so much for everyone’s help and support!!