Youth in Development

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 Empower the next generation of change makers. Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and info technology.

Visit What Volunteers Do | Youth in Development on the Peace Corps site, for more information.

If you choose Youth in Development, take 3 courses (9 credit hours) from one of the following areas:

  • Agriculture Education
  • Arts Education
  • Childhood Education
  • Community Development
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Education
  • Human Development
  • K-12 Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Other (as approved)

Build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Complete an approved internship in the areas of youth development, family development, education, outreach, and communication
  • Complete an approved supervised classroom youth development or counseling teaching program as required by your degree program
  • Complete a youth, family, or community development-focused study abroad experience
  • Participate in activities/events planning, organizing, assessing community needs
  • Serve as a volunteer for CASA
  • Serve as a volunteer for a community Free Clinic
  • Serve as a volunteer for a transition school
  • Serve as a living group Residence Hall Assistant or Facility advisor
  • Serve as a peer mentor through the Enhanced Learning Center
  • Serve as a volunteer at any community health provider specializing in youth services
  • Volunteer as a youth leader for a nonreligious-based youth group
  • Volunteer as a youth sports coach
  • Other related activity coordinated by the Volunteer Action Center and approved in advance by the PC Prep coordinator/advisor

The applicant must provide verifiable evidence of this activity. This may include a Service Transcript from the Volunteer Action Center or from the agency where the volunteer action occurred.