Positive Youth Development [PYD]
PYD is based on the belief that, given guidance and support from caring adults, all youth can grow up healthy and happy, making positive contributions to their families, schools, and communities.
DYCD highlights 8 Key factors and experiences that promote PYD
PYD is an intentional, pro-social approach designed to:
Engage youth in productive and constructive ways in multiple domains - communities, schools, families, peer groups, organizations.
Outcomes promoted by PYD include
- Resilience, confidence, grit - Social/communication skills - Emotional competence - Positive relationships with peers and adults - Engagement in school and community - Sense of belonging
Guiding principles are the foundation that defines what is important for PYD to happen.
• Intentional, proactive process. PYD
programs purposefully seek to develop
protective factors and complement efforts
designed to prevent/reduce risky or
negative behaviors and attitudes.
• Acknowledgment and utilization of youth assets. PYD
represents an investment in young people that assumes youth have the capacity for positive growth and development. They are viewed not just as recipients of services but active agents who can use their assets to work productively in partnership with adults. • PYD enables youth to thrive and flourish. PYD programs provide the opportunities and supports to enable youth to grow resilient, confident and competent. • Youth leadership. Development of leadership skills is part of PYD but youth are not required to lead: they can attend programs, actively participate, contribute, or assume leadership roles. • Civic engagement. Youth are provided with opportunities to contribute to their communities through service.
Features of PYD Programs
• Focus on youth strengths and protective
factors. Program designs take account of
underlying risk and protective factors in
planning and providing services and offer
evidence-informed interventions that
purposefully promote resilience.
• Ensure basic youth needs are met and earn their trust. Programs build trusting relationships by ensuring that youth are connected to appropriate resources to meet their needs.
• Engage youth as active agents in an ongoing assessment and planning process.
• Continuously monitor program effectiveness and make improvements on ongoing basis.
Click on image above to download the PYD framework.