About This Program


Bachelor's: $6,000 per semester, full-time
Per credit hour: $500

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The mission of the community youth development and leadership concentration is to provide a transformational learning experience that allows youth workers to explore alternative approaches to youth work and their implications for practice. Youth services is a growing and changing field responding to challenges arising from increasing substance abuse, crime, and other social and economic strains. Youth workers develop knowledge, attributes, and skills necessary for creating opportunities for young people to develop into healthy, productive and contributing members of their communities through maximizing their full leadership and civic potential.

“As a Boys and Girls Club leader, I have applied different strategies and concepts from my community youth development and leadership concentration classes that have allowed me to be a more efficient leader and impact many young lives.”

Thomas Colon ’17

Written by Adjunct Faculty Member Daryl Wright

Youth Leadership Inspires Young People and Adults

Daryl Wright has witnessed, first-hand, the positive effects that youth development programs can have on children and our society as a whole. Wright discusses his experiences as a youth worker and the importance of leadership developmen

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Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration and Curriculum

Required Courses

(Three credits each for a total of 12)

  • Adolescent Development in Context
  • Alternative Theories in Youth Development
  • Transformative Cross-Culture in Youth Leadership
  • Building Competencies in Community Youth Work

Sample Elective Courses

(Three-credit courses from across focus areas)

  • Youth Practicum in Human Services
  • Introduction to Community Organizing
  • Cross-cultural Perspectives in Social Services
  • Substance Use and Abuse: From Prevention to Treatment
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Family Therapy
  • Violence and Social Control in U.S. History and Society

Create Your Own Flexible Schedule

Choose a fully online degree program or a hybrid program, which includes a mix of online and in-class courses. Whichever you choose, we are prepared to support you. Please note that all concentration courses are delivered online.

Hybrid Evening Courses

These classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Hybrid Weekend Courses

These classes take place Saturdays and Sundays (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Fully Online Courses

All coursework is completed online in a social and interactive learning environment.


To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 45 of which must be completed at Springfield College. In order to receive a bachelor's degree in human services with a concentration in community youth development and leadership, you must meet certain requirements, found on our curriculum page.

Student Projects

Recent projects conducted by our community youth development and leadership concentration students include:

  • The Effects of Bullying among Pre-Adolescents

  • Youth Enhancement for Success (YES): Resources for helping to make adolescents successful

  • Understanding and Eradicating Youth Homelessness in Dorchester, Mass.

  • Sexual Behavior and Sexual Promiscuity in Adolescent Girls

  • Sustainable Impact of Afterschool Childcare Programs on Children’s Health and Wellness

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