Why Choose Nazareth for Community Youth Development?

Helping children and teens thrive in positive, healthy, and safe environments is the focus of community youth development—and as many graduates can attest, few professions are so rewarding.

Through our program, Nazareth students learn what it takes to engage youth in opportunities that foster the knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes to be active, engaged citizens for life.

Studies in areas such as social work, psychology, education, management, and sociology provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the cultural, political, and sociological issues that influence outcomes, while internships provide opportunity to apply theory to the real world.

Additionally, with strong programs in education and health and human service fields, Nazareth College offers extraordinary resources for cooperative learning and career exploration. 

Program Highlights

  • Prepares students for credentialing as an AfterSchool Works! New York program director and childcare worker in out-of-school time and after-school settings.
  • Focuses on building positive mentor and coach relationships with children and youth in our community.
  • Explores cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development of children and youth. 

Program Options

Concentration Options

Youth Service Administration
Youth & Culture
Youth & Spirituality

Contact Information

Marie L. Watkins

Marie L. Watkins

Golisano Academic Center 306
Additional Positions:
Director in Center for Service Learning

Example Careers

  • Teacher
  • School counselor
  • Childcare provider in out-of-school time and after-school settings
  • Coach
  • Youth advocate 
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Doctor
  • Recreation center staff
  • Mental health services
  • Child life specialist
  • AfterSchool Works! New York program director

Internships/Field Experiences

  • City of Rochester's Bureau of Recreation
  • Dr. Douglas Smith Learning Center
  • Charles Settlement House
  • Dr. Louis Cerulli School #34
  • Industry School and Residential Center