Young Adult Program Overview

Our young adult program is an innovative, community-based approach engaging young adults in challenging experiential learning and living. LDI’s balanced program is flexible to permit wide variation in student development or aspirations.

The Mission of the Life Development Institute is to Develop, Mentor,
and Empower Individuals to Cultivate a Life Worth Living


what it takes to be work and career ready

Prepare and apply for work and careers that match job seeker wants/needs and employer requirements for a qualified candidate.


“My advice for those looking to attend LDI is let the program work and think about the future because now is the time to make those important decisions for your future.” -LDI Program Graduate


how to become successful in college and career technical learning communities

Select a course or program of study, use campus resources and use reasonable accommodations help link the learning to know with the learning to do.


“Over the last 2 years, I have learned to be selfish about my education and how to stand up for myself.” -LDI Program Graduate

DISCOVER healthy relationships

Becoming comfortable being YOU

LDI students develop self-awareness of how their behavior can affect the positive development of peer relationships. As part of a connected social community, each student has staff and peer support to recognized engage in commonly accepted and practiced adult social graces. Consistent practice, weekly social-recreational activities and an accepting environment reduce social avoidance or non-engagement behaviors, as students effectively handle the perceived risks of “social failure”.


“Prior to her enrollment into LDI, our shy daughter struggled socially with peers, because she rarely initiated conversations or knew how to maintain them. Everyone notices and comments how she initiates and carries conversations now. All three of us attribute that to her new-found confidence, hope, and skill.” -LDI Parent

DISCOVER making smart lifestyle choices

LDI students acquire the necessary skills to make positive lifestyle choices affecting health and quality of life. They become able to prevent and seek treatment for common illnesses, as well as maintain a healthier lifestyle through personal wellness, nutrition and exercise. Focused coursework, practice and scheduled activities enable students to develop proficiency in determining and using effective coping strategies for responding to stress, peer pressure, bullying and harassment.


“The Post-Secondary Program at LDI continues to provide the support my daughter needs on an ongoing basis. I am more than pleased with the program and staff, as it has been a life changer.

Our daughter entered the Secondary Program with issues that seemed insurmountable at the time and seamlessly transitioned into the Post-Secondary Program. She has emerged as a competent young adult who has completed college, is presently employed, with a future of accomplishment ahead of her. It is doubtful that she would be where she is now if not for the engaged and caring staff at LDI.” -LDI Parent

DISCOVER how to be a


LDI prides itself in fostering opportunities for students to think for themselves, teaching them to be their own leaders and be part of a team. These opportunities help them to grow into strong independent adults who develop the desire to be a change agent, aiming high to go beyond serving themselves and to become a contributor to developing a strong community no matter where they go.

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