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.
Climbing the Wall of Success
“Persistence and Resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”
– Gever Tulley
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:
- 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:
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 Eastside.
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.