Indiana Youth Development Project Selected for Amplify Hope Program
We are proud to announce another member of the Amplify Hope Program at Collaborate 317, the Indiana Youth Development Project.
For those of you not familiar with the Amplify Hope Program, it is an incubator for emerging non-profits that offers a place to share ideas and resources in a centralized think tank to optimize positive social impact in the community.
What is the Indiana Youth Development Project?
The mission of the Indiana Youth Development Project is to help Indiana young adults and youth achieve total self-sufficiency. Out guiding principal, is to equip young adults and youth with education, job readiness, housing opportunities, and the necessary life skills to be self-reliant.
Who is Cedric A. Towner?
Cedric A. Towner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indiana Youth Development Project. Cedric’s youth is a living testament to the capability of the child welfare system to positively impact a child’s upbringing. In the mid-80’s, Cedric and his siblings became involved with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Within these programs, he continued to excel at academics and extra-curricular activities while he developed independent living skills and a positive vision for his future and the future of his family. Eventually, with the support of social workers and care providers, Cedric was placed, and then adopted, by a bi-racial couple on Chicago’s Eastside.
After majoring in Social Work & Sociology at Carthage College, Cedric committed his life to working with youth involved with different expressions of the social welfare system. As a youth services director, alcohol & drug counselor, care supervisor, recreational program manager, independent living skills instructor, and tutor, Cedric has personally developed and sustained programs and initiatives that are evidence-based, clinically excellent, and fiercely culturally competent.
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