Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program (YDP) offers case management services to youth ages 15-22, who are, or have been, in the custody of the State, or in the substitute care system under the Department for Children and Families (DCF). The LifeLine program specifically serves youth who are in custody.

YDP provides access to a wide range of services designed to help youth transition from State custody and care to self-sufficiency and independent living. YDP case managers often develop long-term, supportive relationships with youth, and provide a high level of advocacy. Staff also encourage youth to advocate for themselves and develop leadership skills.

YDP case managers provide:

  • Life skills assessment;
  • Training and coaching;
  • Referrals to other services like mental health and substance abuse counseling;
  • Access to health insurance and physical health care;
  • Education planning and linkage to educational services and supports for high school completion/GED prep and or College preparation;
  • Vocational support and training;
  • Assistance in exploring and connecting with kinship networks and other social supports;
  • Safe housing options.

Annually, approximately 200 youth receive YDP services.