Community Youth Development and Leadership
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:
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
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, 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.
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