Programs - Positive Youth Development

All program and training activities incorporate positive youth development principles that include healthy messages, skills development for young people and strengthening resiliency behaviors within a safe and structured environment. Through a positive youth development framework, adults who care for and serve adolescents will be equipped with information about adolescent development, age-appropriate expectations, and increase their skills and knowledge to develop healthy relationships youth.

Program Elements
  • Youth
    Staff guides youth through a series of activities that teach interpersonal and communication skills. Youth explore their own values, goals and options to decrease risky behaviors. Youth are encouraged to delay the initiation of sexual activity.

  • Parents/Legal Guardians
    Adults are encouraged to approach young people with a mindset of acceptance and understanding, with the goal of supporting their development into positive, productive, contributing members of the community. Educational opportunities are also provided for parents to address the “disconnect” between parent/teen perceptions and encourage parent/teen dialogues.

  • Professional Development
    Youth-serving professionals examine the interconnectedness between risky behaviors and adolescent sexuality. Adults are challenged to change their perception of youth: negative expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy for youth and a address the cultural acceptance of teen pregnancy within the community.

Target Audience(s)

  • Young People
    Young adults (college age), adolescents (high school age), pre-adolescents (late elementary school through middle school ages), children (primarily middle and elementary school) Parents & Other Adults raising young people (such as: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents step parents, etc.)

  • Youth Serving Professionals & Paraprofessionals
    Health educators, teachers, nurses, physicians, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, after-school staff, juvenile services, colleges and universities, etc.

  • Youth Serving Organizations
    Community-based organizations, religious and faith-based organizations, foster care, substance abuse and treatment, after-school programs, citizens groups, civic groups, voluntary organizations, fraternities and sororities.

  • Federal, State & Local Decision Makers
    Legislators, Government Officials, Business Leaders and Faith Leaders Federal, State & Local

  • Government Organizations
    Departments of Health, Education, Social Services, Juvenile Services, Housing Workforce Development, etc.


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