UIC/Harold Washington College Youth Development Program To Be Held February 7

Register today for the Annual Youth Development Summit hosted by the UIC Youth Development Program and Harold Washington College Applied Science Department on Feb. 7!


To support positive youth development by creating spaces that engage youth and youth allies in critical conversations and collaborative learning.


We envision all communities engaging youth as agents of change.


In 2010, Students in the Youth Development M.Ed. program at the University of Illinois at Chicago wanted to create a platform for youth workers and youth allies to share ideas and practices about the growing Youth Development field. They created the Youth Development Summit, a professional conference for youth workers, educators, community organizers, social workers, advocates and allies, and anyone who believes in the power of young people to change the world. The first Summit was held in November of 2010 and was a big success, with over 125 attendees. We hope to continue the Summit for years to come!

Youth Development (YD) is a philosophy for thinking about young people. Instead of viewing them as problems that need to be fixed, YD takes an assets-based approach and works to expand upon their strengths. YD has shown to be very effective in creating positive outcomes for young people, and our hope is that the Summit will encourage people to practice YD in their work and lives to ensure these positive outcomes for as many young people as possible.