Youth Development Center

Training students in a safe, alternative environment

Identifying Interests, Assessing Strengths

YDC assists students in identifying their interests and assessing their strengths and weaknesses, all in a natural, camp-like setting rather than behind the fence of a prison or juvenile detention facility. Students are encouraged to re-envision their dreams and learn that they can accomplish realistic goals. YDC enables students to move from being passive onlookers to active participants in their lives and, provides students with the supervision and programming they need to help them cope with their difficulties in a responsible, non-destructive way.

Educational Goals

  • Behavior modification
  • Improve study skills
  • Create a passion for learning

Developmental Goals

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Develop life skills
  • Develop career options


The program utilizes a 12-week cycle of seven-day educational and recreational modules. Participants can enter at the beginning of any module and complete a full 12-week cycle. These modules focus on:

  • Environmental Science
  • Technology
  • Aerospace
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Health
  • Marine Science
  • Electricity
  • Zoology
  • Physical Science
  • High Adventure
  • Mechanical Science



(864) 878-1103