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Northeastern’s Youth Development Initiative Project works with Boston neighbors to increase the number of students entering college. Our goals are to introduce middle and high school students to the university environment early in their academic lives, to prepare them for college, and to support both career access and success. The Youth Development Initiative builds student diversity while transforming lives through the power of experiential learning. YDIP is distinctive because it empowers families from neighboring underserved communities to improve their academic, socio-emotional and economic outcomes.

Audience(s): Community Engagement


  • This year the YDIP will proudly celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary of serving Northeastern’s neighboring communities.
  • Over two cohorts, YDIP has worked with over 50 families from the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • YDIP graduated it’s first cohort of students in 2012, and many of those students have gone on to pursue post-secondary degrees or certification programs with direct pipelines into the workforce.
  • YDIP facilitates year-round programming for its students by offering after-school tutoring Monday through Friday. A Saturday enrichment program happens twice per month during the academic school year and a 6 week summer program focuses on writing skills, reading comprehension, and STEM. Students are exposed to new concepts in each of those subjects and explore career path opportunities.
  • YDIP has awarded over $12,000 in financial aid to it’s students who were college bound upon graduation from high school and completion of YDIP.
  • YDIP has employed and/or placed over 50 Northeastern University students as academic tutors, and those tutors have provided over 5,000 hours of academic tutoring to middle and high school students.
  • YDIP offers professional development opportunities for it’s academic tutors, which underscores the University’s message of experiential learning, since these skills are put to work in real time during tutoring sessions.
  • YDIP currently works with 27 families, and the majority of those families come from the neighborhoods within close proximity to Northeastern.