YDRC Resources, Reports and Data

Program Quality and Improvement

Active, Engaged Learning, and Skill-Building


Diversity, Access, and Inclusion


Family, School, and Community Engagement


Intentional Program Design and Improvement


Positive Relationships


Quality Staff and Support


Youth Voice, Choice, and Leadership

Social Emotional Learning

Summer Learning Programs

College Success

Local Program Resources

Quality Standards for Youth Development Programs

The YDRC, alongside a network of Detroit youth and youth development professionals, developed common quality standards based on best practices and the voices of youth and program providers. Youth-serving organizations in the Detroit area are using these quality standards for continuous program improvement, creating goals for high-quality youth development programs across the provider network. This resource includes:

  • 5 Ways to Use the Program Standards to improve program quality
  • Program Quality Practices from building a safe environment to developing positive relationships
  • Management Practices from intentional program design to championing diversity and inclusion
  • Program Improvement Plan worksheet for provider’s internal use


YDRC launched Discover Your Spark to highlight the importance of year-round, out-of-school-time resources and help parents and caregivers connect to local programs. Through, parents can search for afterschool and summer programs across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Email to be added to the Program Finder!

Please share and this flyer with parents looking for quality youth programs.

Discover Your Spark is promoted to families in Detroit thanks to generous support from the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Membership Directory

View a directory of youth-serving organizations whose staff have been active in YDRC’s quality improvement and professional development offerings over the past two years, along with contact information if you would like to inquire about their programs.