The mission of the Sequor Youth Development Initiative (YDI) is to meet needs of public and not-for-profit agency managers, staff, and researchers for science based information to improve youth program staff competencies, program design and evaluation. Additionally, the Sequor YDI serves as a resource for further developing, improving, and evaluating the impact of current youth development programs and services.
The focus of the Sequor YDI’s efforts fall into three main categories:
Applied Research and Evaluation: The Sequor YDI pursues a research agenda driven by the needs of Texas youth serving agencies and contemporary youth development topics. This serves as the basis for external grant proposals and provides a basis for graduate student research projects. The Sequor YDI also offers a fee-based evaluation service for youth development agencies and organizations.
Youth Development Information Dissemination: The Sequor YDI website (ydi.tamu.edu) serves as an information portal to provide ready access to available youth development best practice and research information. The Sequor YDI develops materials that translate existing information into user-friendly and quick reference formats.
Training and Education Materials: The Sequor YDI facilitates conference, trainings, and train-the-trainer programs for youth development agencies and workers throughout Texas using online and site-based training delivery systems. Training is also available for community leaders and policy makers. In addition, the Sequor YDI is developing a youth workers certificate program for non-degree seeking youth workers.
A message about Sequor Youth Development Initiative program for county agents: