Positive Youth Development

Positive youth development is a holistic approach that focuses on creating a developmentally appropriate learning setting for young people.

Positive youth development strategies focus on forging positive relationships; strengthening academic, soft and technical skills; cultivating trustworthy, safe spaces; and offering youth opportunities to succeed in meaningful ways. Another defining characteristic of Positive Youth Development is that youth are treated as equal partners and engage with their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups and families in ways that are both constructive and productive.