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Youth Development Organization, Inc. (YDO)

  • Youth Development Organization, Inc. (YDO)
  • 15 Union Street
  • Lawrence, MA 01840
  • (978) 688-4300
  • Alethea Raybeck
  • Director of Strategic Projects
  • (978) 688-4300

Program Description

Youth Development Organization, Inc. (YDO) works to grow a community of self-motivated students in Lawrence, Massachusetts by offering high-quality educational activities, developing supportive long-term relationships, and providing personalized opportunities for success. Our afterschool and summer enrichment programming focuses on STEM, the performing and fine arts, and leadership development. We work with students beginning in third grade and extending up through college. Our Postsecondary Pathways Program is specifically designed to support students in educational pursuits best suited to their skills and goals. The program encompasses a broad spectrum of tools for postsecondary success, including skill-building workshops, intensive college advising and application support, and career prep.

Services Provided

  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 300
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%