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National Program Services

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Sports & Recreation


519 West EuclidPhoenix, AZ 85041 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

PROGRAM FOCUS YDI’s programs are structured and designed to address five (5) of the important areas that play a part in the development of the total person. Those five (5) areas include the following: Education Culture Business Jobs Recreation By addressing the above five (5) areas we feel that the Institute’s (YDI) probability of success has been greatly enhanced. PROGRAMS & SERVICES AVAILABLE Academic Excellence Initiative HIV/AIDS Teen Education Project Mentoring & Tutoring Program Parental Involvement Program Student Achievement Project Manhood & Womanhood Training Internship, Career Guidance & Counseling ACT & SAT Preparation Drug Abuse Awareness & Prevention Educational Workshop & Seminars Job Search Skills Development Program Job Fairs Charter School Development Project Recreational & Sports Program Sports Camps & Clinics Scholarship Fund PCHAA & ABC USDIP Program Etiquette/ Runway Modeling School


In August 1983 the our concept was conceived and developed by Frank Russell, Theodoric Russell, Walker D. Russell, Clarence James, Dennis Threlkeld, Eddie Mason and Michael Reed, all member of the Pontiac community.
YDI evolved from three predecessor organizations; Oakland County All Star Basketball Clinic, Inc (1971-1978), Campy Russell-Terry Furlow Fundamental Basketball Camp (1977-1979), and United Professional Athletes In Action, Inc. (1979-1983). From 1971 to the present these four organizations have touched the lives of over 3,000 young men and women, many of whom have gone on and become productive members of various communities throughout America.
Our aim is to provide training, guidance, direction and constructive activities to young people so that they can become productive, contributing members of society.


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