IYL works to encourage scholarly endeavors and community services designed to empower and support youth. Towards this end, IYL researches and investigates problems and concerns related to youth and the delivery of youth services in an effort to address and create awareness of such concerns. IYL aims to provide a range of programs and services that provide opportunities to support youth activity, and focuses on engaging practitioners and other persons interested in establishing or enhancing youth services. Targeted audience include: educators, researchers, professionals, faculty and students. At IYL we have a focus on cross-discplinary research and development, and community service. A major feature of this approach is to create opportunities for faculty and students to work together, while at the same time, provide quality research and community service activities. We are redirected to encourage scholarly endeavors and community service by coordinating such resources. IYL looks forward to creating opportunites for faculty and students from a variety of disciplines to work together in that shared effort of youth leadership and engagement.
The Institute for Youth leaders was initially established in the early 1990s to stage seminars, fellowships, and create a network to serve local and regional professional interests. In particular, the program was designed to facilitate university/community program engagement focusing on:
1) improving leadership skills of youth organization professionals
2) developing opportunities for collaboration and communication among organizations
3) establishing a model of university/ community cooperation in service to youth
This program went dormant as playground safety became a top priority, and focused its energies towards that important issue. As time has passed and improvements have been made, the Insitute has been able to regroup and broaden its view to readmission.
This reorientation of IYL will provide for a more progressive and viable research and community service program. It will provide opportunities for higher profile nationally and will encourage the aggressive pursuit of extramural funding. It is anticipated that we will organize a program that will extensively involve faculty and students.