Youth Development Branch

Youth Development Defined

Youth development is a philosophy and approach of working with youth that recognizes that: there are multiple domains of development that are all interconnected; all young people have strengths and abilities; and they are active agents in their own growth and development process.


All Maryland youth will become positive, productive citizens engaged in their community.


Provide resources and technical assistance to local school systems, communities (including non-profit and faith-based organizations), and students to promote academic achievement, facilitate the engagement of school-aged learners in programs and activities that develop character, civic responsibility, independence, and productivity. Youth Development facilitates the growth of school-aged learners into active, caring citizens with the will and capacity to contribute positively to their local and global communities.

Contact Information
Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director,Youth Development Branch
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-0313 office
410-800-8598 cell  
410-333-0880 fax

Student, Family and School Support

Serving The Whole Child

Scholarship Opportunity