The Youth Council for Positive Development (YCPD) was established in 1980 as a vehicle for the cultural enrichment and education for ages 4-17 years. The YCPD began as the youth component of the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS). As the young people grew up, they expressed the need to be more independent and autonomous. They adopted a new name and drafted a youth creed.
Our mission is to provide academic enrichment and positive socialization in a culturally sensitive and safe environment. The intent is to develop youth who are critical thinkers who will be engaged in the positive well-being of their community. Our programs are based upon Ma’at Values and the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principles.
Components of YCPD are the Ma’at Saturday program, the Youth Cultural Theatre, the Rites of Passage program and the Jamala Rogers Young Visionary Award.
Our slogan is “Building Character and Commitment to Community.”
Current Campaigns and Projects
Break the Pipeline
We work with Metropolitan Congregations United’s (MCU) Break the Pipeline campaign to keep our youth out of the adult prison system. We fight for immediate and effective implementation of the Raise the Age Law to raise the minimum age our youth can be charged as adults from 17 to 18.
Currently we are also co-developing a youth-centered participatory defense hub for St. Louis. Participatory defense hubs utilize trained community volunteers to provide insight, perspective, and support to those being charged and their families as they navigate the justice system.
We are working with our partners to ensure Black working class communities complete the national 2020 Census. We are committed to ensuring our communities receive all the benefits of federal funding that we deserve over the next 10 years.
Young & Black Matter
We encourage youth and young adults to be engaged in the issues that directly impact them. We engage young Black adults in the political education necessary to understand the power we hold as voters, jurors, and politically engaged citizens for democracy.
The YCPD is a tax exempt 501C3 organization.
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I will strive to be a role model in my community or wherever I go.
I will communicate & interact with other youth
By being respectful
By being responsible
By promoting Black unity & pride
By practicing self-control & self-discipline.
I will struggle to improve myself and life
By being open to new challenges & new ideas
By taking initiative
By achieving academic excellence.
I will be obsessed with learning, promoting & preserving Black History and Culture.
I will be informed about community and world issues an events.
I will actively participate in making change in my community and the world.
I will fight for human rights, freedom, justice, equality and peace.
(Created & Adopted by the YCPD in 1985)