The current juvenile justice system is correctional, designed to ensure public safety by incarcerating youth, imposing sanctions on them and thereby reducing the likelihood of future offenses. This report summarizes observations and conclusions from six juvenile justice programs that are working to improve their intervention approaches from a strength-based, positive youth development perspective.

September 4, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Principles of positive youth development.

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    The evolution of juvenile justice policies and practices.

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    How some juvenile justice systems are working to incorporate a strength-based positive youth development approach.

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    How to measure the outcomes of positive youth development practices in juvenile justice settings.

Key Takeaway

Positive Youth Development

There's no real evidence that a strength-based approach can work in juvenile justice settings. However, there is growing interest in applying positive youth development (PYD) concepts to juvenile justice, in place of the current correctional culture of the system. 

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