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Youth Development

Youth Development

What is Youth Development?

Youth Development falls under the responsibilities of Secondary Education, specifically under the Supervisor of College and Career Readiness.  Youth development is a philosophy and approach of working with youth that recognizes that: there are multiple domains of development that are all interconnected; all young people have strengths and abilities; and they are active agents in their own growth and development process. 


All Maryland youth will become positive, productive citizens engaged in their community.


Provide resources and technical assistance to local school systems, communities (including non-profit and faith-based organizations), and students to promote academic achievement, facilitate the engagement of school-aged learners in programs and activities that develop character, civic responsibility, independence, and productivity. Youth Development facilitates the growth of school-aged learners into active, caring citizens with the will and capacity to contribute positively to their local and global communities.

MSDE Contact Information

Vanessa Diggs, Director
Youth Development Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0653

Paula R. McCoach, Specialist (410) 767-0047; e-mail:

Lance Ledebur, Specialist (410) 767-0957; e-mail:

Julie K. Ayers, Specialist (410) 767-0357; e-mail:

Kelly M. Rudd, After-School Programs Coordinator (410) 767-0561; e-mail:

Students from Southern and Northern High Schools participate in Regional ISEF Covestro Science Fair in Pittsburgh

Students participate in ISEF Covestro Science Fair.

Apr 10, 2017 at 8:38am, Youth Development

Students from Northern Middle, Southern Middle, and Southern High attend MASC State Convention

Delegates from Northern Middle, Southern Middle, and Southern High attended this year's Maryland Association of Student Councils state convention in Ocean City from April 5 - April 7, 2017. .

Apr 10, 2017 at 8:19am, Youth Development

Student Leaders from GCPS and ACPS Attend MLW Workshops at FSU

High school students from Allegany and Garrett Public Schools joined together for a day-long Maryland Leadership Workshop (MLW) conference on January 4, 2017. .

Feb 17, 2017 at 10:48am, Youth Development