For more than 25 years, The National Youth Development Council has focused on coordinating the efforts of a wide array of community resources on the problems affecting the intellectual and emotional development of “inner-city” adolescents and young adults.


Working together with business and community leaders, we are forging partnerships that enable us to give our students access to the education and training they need to achieve their personal goals of personal growth and self-reliance in an increasingly complicated world where "going it alone" just isn't good enough any more.


Our arts and entertainment programs encourage young people to learn and participate in the performing arts, with classes in music, dance, poetry and creative writing, creating situations in which young artists can display their work and get the recognition they deserve.


NYDC's Youth Leadership Programs are designed to foster mutual understanding, mutual respect, and civic engagement among the young people in our communities through activities designed to both teach and practice leadership skills.


NYDC believes that a healthy balance between work and life in order to achieve success in life, and that begins with a deeper awareness of health promoting behaviors that creates a life-long healthy lifestyle. We sponsor health awareness programs to help students become more aware of healthy eating, exercise and focus.


NYDC EnterTech - The High Technology Job Readiness Initiative for Youth - is a WorkForce Development program that encourages participants to focus on specific career goals by selecting from a growing list of  professional level courses designed to provide students with actual hands on experience with the nuts and bolts of the career paths they have chosen.




NYDC encourages Youth Leadership Programs that foster mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young....



Instruction and participation in the performing arts, music, dance, poetry/creative writing, painting...



NYDC believes good health starts with strong bodies and healthy minds to develop the whole person.



The High Technology Job Readiness Initiative for Youth is a gateway to high tech employment opportunities.

President & CEO

Richard Smith is a veteran who served two tours of combat duty in the United States Army. He is the former news director for the United Nations New World news Network in New York City and was associate publisher of The New England Black Weekly Newspaper.


Officials in Alabama

From left to right: Tuskegee City Manager,  Mayor of Tuskegee, Macon County Schools Superintendent, Alabama Commissioner of Education, City Council President – Nat’l Youth Council, Secret...

NYDC and BPD Youth Partnership Activity

Under the direction of Officer Kenny Grubbs (District B2) and NYDC Outreach Asst. Aaliyah Malone, community youth enjoy an afternoon at Fenway Park with Red Sox players at batting practice, just befor...

NYDC Enter-Tech/MIT collaboration

(standing) Dr. Faith Dukes, Education Coordinator (MIT Museum), Richard T. Smith, President, NYDC and Charles Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer Boston Teachers Union (NYDC board member). (sitting) Paul Par...