Encouraging children and teens thrive in positive, healthy, and safe environments is the focus of community youth development — and as graduates can attest, a rewarding profession.
Nazareth is the only college that offers this program within 120 miles of Rochester.
Learn what it takes to engage youth in opportunities that foster the knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes to be active, engaged citizens for life.
Studying social work, psychology, education, management, and sociology provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the cultural, political, and sociological issues that influence outcomes, while internships provide opportunities to apply theory to the real world.
Nazareth also has strong programs in education and health and human service fields, providing extraordinary resources for cooperative learning and career exploration. The College's nationally recognized Center for Civic Engagement provides extensive opportunities for service learning, community service, and other community involvement — locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.S. and Ph.D., Syracuse University (Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Child and Family Studies)
Marie has over two decades of community-based experience as a youth worker, group worker, family therapist, and not-for-profit agency administrator. She has taught undergraduate and graduate social work courses at Syracuse University and Indiana University as an adjunct faculty member. She has also published journal articles and book chapters about youth work and the principles of youth development.
The Community Youth Development program includes classes on child and adolescent development as well as first-hand experiences with youth.