committed to improving the quality of life in Youngstown by building and encouraging
investment in neighborhoods of choice for all.
We aim to accomplish this mission through a dual approach that includes strategic investments to rebuild market confidence in neighborhoods
with strong assets, and broader partnership strategies to strengthen Youngstown’s community
development capacity and the citywide infrastructure supporting neighborhood revitalization.
central purpose is to foster the transformation of vulnerable, undervalued and
transitional neighborhoods into healthy neighborhoods of choice – places where
people are willing to invest their time, energy and resources and where
residents can manage their own problems. YNDC has set the following goals to guide its
neighborhood transformation agenda:
rebuild market confidence in neighborhoods through strategic reinvestment
and neighborhood improvement activities in focus neighborhoods.
strengthen the social fabric of neighborhoods through the active
participation and involvement of residents and neighborhood organizations
in planning and activities of YNDC.
- To encourage
all community development actions in Youngstown
to have a clear strategic outcome and every outcome to be leveraged to
maximize its impact.
forge strong partnerships and effective collaboration among stakeholders
to layer the resources necessary to be successful.
increase wealth and asset building through the appreciation of home values
and other advancements.
foster the development of a new language for community development and
operate in a manner that cultivates hope for positive community change
among all residents of Youngstown.
the pool of public and private resources directed toward the revitalization
Our Guiding Principles
In addition to the above goals, YNDC will also
follow a set of guiding principles in all aspects of its organizational and
- Inclusion/Diversity YNDC is committed
to an aggressive policy of openness and inclusion in all aspects of its
work. This includes extending
opportunities to all parts of the Youngstown
community to offer input on critical program decisions, and to compete fairly
for contracts YNDC may award or job openings that may be created as a result of
its programs and investments.
- Integrity YNDC pledges to maintain the highest ethical
standards in its organizational and programmatic decisions and expects its
staff and board to maintain these standards in their dealings with one another
and YNDC’s external stakeholders.
- Collaboration YNDC believes strongly in the
principles of collaboration and partnership and is committed to working
collaboratively with others to advance common goals and expand the overall
impacts of its work.
- Transparency YNDC will operate with
openness in all its key decisions, including its choices of where and how to
invest the resources entrusted to it, with whom it chooses to partner and
contract, and how it makes its own administrative and governance
YNDC understands the direct benefits of learning and innovation in all
aspects of its program; it will continue to seek better ways of accomplishing
its strategic goals and is committed to introducing new programmatic and
management approaches wherever appropriate.