Bachelor of Science degree in human services

Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration

“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


 

Community Youth Development Students at Springfield College

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.

The community youth development and leadership concentration is offered at all regional campuses.

Careers in Community Youth Development and Leadership

The coming decade holds a promising outlook for human services employment for those with bachelor’s degrees. The U.S. Department of Labor is predicting that employment for social and community service managers will increase by 18 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Graduates with the community youth development and leadership concentration work to engage young people in creating positive relationships with their communities. They are employed by community, state, and federal agencies in departments of children's services, human services, child protective services, head start, and recreational organizations.

Our bachelor's degree in human services with a concentration in community youth development and leadership prepares you for careers in the following:

  • Case management

  • Youth and family advocacy

  • Recreation program management

  • Violence and substance abuse prevention

  • Social and community service managerYouth and family counseling

  • Youth services director

  • Intervention and advocacy coordinator

  • Victim services

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.

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To graduate, you will need 120 credits, 48 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.

Arlinda Quinones

Community Youth Development and Leadership Concentration Coordinator

"CYDL is an exciting concentration to specialize in especially for youth-serving organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Youth Inc, Girls and Boys Scouts, Parks and Recreation, 4H and others. It is also a great concentration for youth mentors, coaches and community leaders who believe in empowering youth to provide service to communities by creating strong relationships, collaborating with community partners for common goals."

Arlinda Quionones

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community 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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