Community Youth Development

This program offers a structured, interdisciplinary academic experience for all students that:

  • Develops students’ knowledge, values, and skills for meaningful interaction with youth.
  • Prepares students to be active and informed citizens.
  • Intentionally and coherently connects interdisciplinary academic coursework with students’ interests in youth and community-based youth development resources.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Marie L. Watkins

Marie L. Watkins

Director in Community Youth Development
Golisano Academic Center 306

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. 

community-based youth development program at Nazareth College