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Peace Corps Volunteer Prep Program

Projects: Youth in Development

Youth in Development

Empower the next generation of changemakers. Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and info technology.

Youth in Development Projects

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Here’s What You Will Need To Study …

If you choose Youth in Development, take three courses from one of the following areas:

Note: Some courses have prerequisites.Your adviser can assist you with appropriate course sequences.

Social Work:

  • SW 105: Introduction to Social Work
  • Take any two additional SW courses at the 200-level or above

Developmental Psychology:

  • PY 203: Child Psychology
  • PY 204: Adolescent Psychology
  • PY 205: Psychology of Adulthood And Aging
  • PY 206/EDL 206: Child and Adolescent Development
  • PY 342: Children’s Play and Culture
  • PY 426: Theories of Child Development


  • Any three EN courses numbered 200 or above


  • ED 327: Theories and Practice of ESL Instruction Part I
  • ED 328: Theories and Practice of ESL Instruction Part II
  • ED 336: Applied Linguistics for the Language Educator
  • ED 374: Issues and Practices in World Language Education Part II
  • EN 442: Language and Linguistics
  • AN 380: American Diversity

Health Studies:

  • Take any three HE courses at the 200-level or above

Physical Education:

  • Take any three PE courses at the 200-level or above

Information Technology:

  • Take any three IT courses

Gender Studies:

    Take either

    • SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies
    • Or

    • PS/GS 377: Women and the World
  • Take any two additional courses with a GS designation at the 200-level or above

Family Studies:

  • AN 342/PY 342: Children’s Play and Culture
  • AN 343: Anthropology and Children
  • CO 309: Family Communication
  • EDL 280: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDS 332: Family/School/Community Partnerships and Resources, P-12
  • EDL 333: Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Settings
  • HE 235: Human Aging
  • HE 365/NU 365: Wisdom, Wellness and Aging
  • NU 413: Community Health Nursing I: Nursing of the Young Family
  • PR 437: Perspectives on the Human Experiences: Family Violence
  • PR 414: Parent Child Socialization: A Cross-Cultural Approach
  • PY 426: Theories of Childhood and Development
  • SO 261: Family Sociology
  • SO 397: Sociology of Aging
  • SW 263: Family Counseling
  • SW 278: Family Violence
  • SW 461: Culturally Diverse Child Welfare Practices

… and Build 50 Hours of Related Field Experience through an Activity such as:

  • Teaching or counseling in at-risk youth programs
  • Activities that involve planning, organizing, assessing community needs, counseling, and leadership, in areas such as education, youth development, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, and/or business
  • Below are some examples for related volunteer experience at MU:

  • Project B.A.M.—A collaborative mentoring program between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, Asbury Park High School, and Monmouth University. MU students serve as mentors to high school students.
  • There are many ways college students can make a difference in the lives of children through MU’s partnership with Aslan Youth Ministries. Examples include serving as tutors and mentors; helping with summer day camp and enrichment programs; and volunteering as a sports coach.
  • Faculty in the Department of World Languages and Cultures partnered with the Don Bosco Foundation in Cadiz, Spain in summer of 2015. MU students mentored at-risk adolescent boys in Don Bosco’s homeless shelter. This program was a great success, and discussions are happening to sustain and build upon this partnership.