Helping our youth achieve their dreams by providing focused activities, support, and interactive learning.

Cedric A. Towner founded the Indiana Young Adult and Youth Development Project (IYAYDP) in 2015 as a vehicle for empowering and caring for youth throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Today, IYAYDP expanded into Worldwide Youth Development Project, providing mentoring, counseling, and housing to youth within the states of Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

Combining the very best in evidence-based mentoring with sophisticated approaches to independent group home living environments, YDP will service youth searching for a stable, intelligent, and loving community in which to call home – whether that home is for a few days or a few years.

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We are responsible for our own generation.



Our youth go on to serve their communities, achieve higher education and learn trades that improve their lives. Our Youth Specialists can help our achievers accomplish the following:

  • Housing Assistance

  • Obtain your GED or High School Diploma

  • Enroll in a trade or vocational program

  • Connect with a mentor

  • Create an action plan for the next stage in life

Our Mission

The mission of the Youth Development Project is to help young adults and youth achieve total self-sufficiency. Our guiding principal is to equip young adults and youth with education, job readiness, housing opportunities, and the necessary life skills to be self-reliant.

Climbing the Wall of Success

“Persistence and Resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”

– Gever Tulley


Life Skills Coaching & Youth Mentoring

Certified Life Coaches will assist youth with managing and maintaining a better qualify of life. Some of those skills include:

  • Obtaining a Bank Account
  • Financial Management & Education
  • Cooking Healthy Meals & Couponing

Housing Opportunities

YDP offers transitional housing for eligible young adults, who are enrolled in one other YDP program and are in good standing. Interested participants should contact their Coach.

Job Readiness Program

In the job readiness programs, youth will work with Education & Occupation Coaches, to get the necessary tools and support while in high school. Such as:

  • Tutors
  • Life Coaching/Mentors
  • G.E.D. Programs

Additional Offered Services

Youth Development Program now offers these services for succes in all our locations to better serve our youth and their families:

  • Home Based Casework
  • Tutoring
  • Supervised Visits
  • Truancy Termination
  • Homemaker Parent Aide
  • Mentoring

    Let’s Talk. Fill out the form below with any questions or inquiries of interest or call now for a friendly conversation.

    Youth Development Program

    Cedric Towner President – Ceo

    Phone: 1.317.985.7279

    Cedric’s youth is a living testament to the capability of the child welfare system to positively impact a child’s upbringing. In the mid-80’s, Cedric and his siblings became involved with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Within these programs, he continued to excel at academics and extra-curricular activities while he developed independent living skills and a positive vision for his future and the future of his family. Eventually, with the support of social workers and care providers, Cedric was placed, and then adopted, by a bi-racial couple on Chicago’s westside.

    After majoring in Social Work & Sociology at Carthage College, Cedric committed his life to working with youth involved with different expressions of the social welfare system. As a youth services director, alcohol & drug counselor, care supervisor, recreational program manager, independent living skills instructor, and tutor, Cedric has personally developed and sustained programs and initiatives that are evidence-based, clinically excellent, and fiercely culturally competent.