Our History

The Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico was created out of the local need of an organization focused in recommending public policies changes, at the local and federal level, that could have a positive impact on key indicators during the development of children and youth.

This way, the Institute could be able to address the main problems that surround families with children from the roots and provide them with the opportunity to improve their living conditions.

Currently, we are the only organization dedicated to reduce child poverty in Puerto Rico. We do this through the use of data, research and the voice of those affected by these conditions.

Here are some of our main achievements in recent years:

  • Foundation of the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico
  • Child & Youth Well-Being Index
  • Tedx Youth Puerto Rico
  • ImaginAcción
  • SME Award - Best Use of Data Driven Solutions
  • Alliance with The Annie E. Casey Foundation - Kids Count
  • SME Award - Best Public Service Campaign "Troki"
  • Launch of the Early Childhood Observatory
  • Campaign against $4.25 minimum wage
  • Whitepaper on the projections of the effects of the Hurricane María on children
  • Children & Youth Task Force
  • Launch of Children’s Budget Analysis
  • Study: The Effects of Hurricane Maria on Children in Puerto Rico
  • Congress Hearing: Presentation before the Natural Resources Hearing Committee regarding PROMESA
  • Approval of the House of Representative’s 1378 Resolution
  • Study launch of A Future of Child Poverty in Puerto Rico: How Much It Costs and What We Can Do About It