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Youth Services Minor


The mission of the Youth Services minor is to build students’ awareness of human needs and services relevant to children and youth. The course work and required field placement prepare students for careers in public and non-profit social service agencies such as foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice programs designed to assist with child protection and family empowerment. Students learn to use evidence-based knowledge of developmental issues facing contemporary youth to enhance the well-being of children and families. Students acquire skills that assist in building partnerships with youth, their families, and youth services colleagues. From a strengths-based, non-punitive approach students learn to assess the functioning of current youth service agencies, and practice designing youth services to address present challenges in diverse environments. In addition, students learn to advocate for effective social policy for youth and their families.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU offers faculty-led study abroad and domestic service learning opportunities to Uganda, Alaska, New Mexico and more.

  • SVSU is committed to making dreams attainable through an affordable education via a range of scholarships specific to social work students.

  • Students have opportunities to study abroad in locations such as Italy and China. 

The Saginaw Valley State University Department of Social Work offers a Minor in Youth Services, which teaches students to better provide services to youth populations and enhances students’ awareness of human needs and services relevant to children and youth. 

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


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Graduate Programs

Miami University
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Career Opportunities

Product Specialist
Design and Marketing Specialist
Graphic Designer
Art Teacher
School Counselor
Executive Director

  • 13% (Much faster than average) projected growth for the employment of social and community service managers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $65,320 is the median yearly pay for social and community service managers in the U.S. in 2019. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Social Work program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in the varying fields of mental health, substance use, juvenile justice, child welfare, and much more

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.