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The Institute for Youth Development (Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, IDJ) is a non-profit institution that seeks to ensure the optimal development of children and young people between 0-21 years of age in all its dimensions, with the goal that they become men and women who reach their full potential and collectively create a society of economic prosperity and social harmony.

Mission

To ensure the existence of environments and conditions that contribute to the maximum development of children and young people.

Vision

To transform the systems that affects our children and young people through aligning and mobilizing sectors, to get them to adopt a Youth Development Model for Puerto Rico.

To encourage positive systematic changes in the developmental experiences of children and young people of Puerto Rico, the Institute for Youth Development (Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, IDJ) will fulfill four fundamental objectives:

  • Mobilize, unify and align everyone who impacts the development of children and youth in Puerto Rican society.
  • Research, compile and disclose data, efforts and opportunities about the current state of children and young people in Puerto Rico.
  • Train individuals and organizations working with children and young people with strategies for youth development.
  • Generate public policy that guarantees the rights of children and young people and encourages more favorable environments and conditions for their development; monitor current policies and launch future policies that improve the development of children and youth in Puerto Rico.

The values that motivate the Institute for Youth Development (Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, IDJ) are:

  • Being spokespersons for children and youth.
  • Seeing children and young people as resources.
  • Being promoters of the rights of children and youth.
  • Being innovators in developing solutions to the problems that children and young people face.
  • Being a dynamic entity, representing children and youth.

Our Founding Partners are a select group of private entities that have joined the cause of Youth Development through a significant contribution that ensures the continuity and permanence of the Institute for Youth Development (Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, IDJ).

  • Ángel Ramos Foundation
  • Banco Popular Foundation
  • Flamboyán Foundation
  • MCS
  • Pfizer
  • Transporte Sonnell

Youth Development

It is the action framework that guides us to generate a systematic social change in favor of children and youth in Puerto Rico.

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Our Leaders

Learn about the group of professionals from different fields who contribute their knowledge, time and resources to Youth Development.

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First Youth Development Congress

30 communities
3 days
1 priority: 300,000 young people

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