Youth Development

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Youth Development

The John Randolph Foundation Youth Development Initiative (YDi @ JRF) is building a bridge of hope for our youth from cradle to career. Through YDi @ JRF, we are enhancing programs already available to Hopewell’s youth and leveraging our resources to attract new programs to the area.

We collaborate with key partners including the City of Hopewell, the Hopewell Police, Hopewell Recreation and Parks, Hopewell Public Schools, Hopewell’s faith community including OC3, early education providers, the business community, local families, and the students themselves. As a new initiative, we are beginning our efforts in Hopewell. We plan to expand our focus outward to the Tri-Cities area as we gain traction.

The JRF team believes youth development is a process. We want young people to be prepared to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences for youth from age 0-25 that will help them to become socially, morally, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent citizens.

The Youth Master Plan was finalized in 2015 to create a shared vision for success and the strategies we will take to get there. The plan was guided by an ad hoc Youth Development Steering Committee made up of community leaders and professionals, the Youth Advisory Council comprised of students from the high school and middle school, and a survey of approximately 2,000 parents, teachers, professionals, and youth themselves to determine the community’s needs. Download the JRF Youth Master Plan here.