Charleston Trident Urban League’s Center of Education and Youth Development offers programs designed to provide supplemental education tools so that ALL young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Programs are designed to ensure that all students excel academically, graduate from high school, avoid at-risk behavior and are prepared to complete a post-secondary degree or certification.


Program benefits include:

  • employability skills

  • healthy lifestyle education

  • leadership

  • civic engagement activities


Youth Leadership Development Institute (YLDI)


The CTUL’s YLDI program is designed to provide academic enrichment and civic engagement tools to foster youth in the Charleston MSA so that every young person has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.


Every year, the program enrolls students, ages 14-21, generally high school students who are in foster care or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). Participants from Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties are provided job shadowing, employment, tutoring and mentoring opportunities through YLDI.


YLDI offers foster care and other underserved youths the opportunity to participate in activities aimed at leadership development, career exposure, educational enrichment and college preparation in order to prepare them for the future.


Student Benefits:

  • Free monthly workshops (students receive a $10 stipend for each class)

  • Paid summer internships

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Positive Social Relationships

Monthly Workshops 

YLDI has been expanded to provide additional services to students including monthly workshops covering the following topics: Education, Employment, Life Skills, Healthy Lifestyles,  Housing and Supportive Relationships.


Each month, students have the opportunity to attend a two-hour class conducted by local business owners and professional leaders in our  community.


During the holiday months,  workshops also include a community service  component.  



Summer Internships

During the summer component of the program,  
students complete a week-long job readiness camp which incorporates instruction on work-place etiquette and competencies, financial literacy and career choices.


After completing an assessment for work interests, students are assigned a six-week internship placement that mirrors their career interest and are paid a stipend for their work.


The summer component of YLDI is designed to give students the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in the workforce that they can build on in the future. 


Do you know a student that would benefit from the Youth Leadership Development Institute? YLDI provides academic enrichment and civic engagement tools including monthly workshops and summer internships to foster youth in the Charleston MSA.

Please call (843) 769-8173 to request program application information for your student.


Program Coordinator:
Michael Fenwrick
Youth Development Director