YDIP was founded at Northeastern University in 2006 under the leadership of Dr. Joseph D. Warren. The program started with a cohort of 30 sixth and seventh grade students. Many of the students, who were in the first cohort, completed the program, with many of them now attending college.

YDIP is designed to reach 30 youth and families who reside primarily in the Boston Housing Developments within close proximity to Northeastern University. YDIP is longitudinal, meaning the students are accepted into YDIP while in middle school and they are expected to stay in the program through high school graduation.

The vision of YDIP is to create a sustainable partnership between Northeastern and the abutting community that will provide students and their families with the foundation and education to attain a college degree and a successful career.