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Here’s What Meaningful Youth Engagement Looks Like

By Christabel Netondo, International Youth Foundation As a young woman born and raised in Kenya, I’ve had the privilege of engaging in positive youth development (PYD) programming on two levels: as a participant, and also in more active leadership and collaborator roles. My involvement in these programs has provided me with exposure to the challenges […]

Helping Young People After Natural Disasters: There’s a Tool Kit (or Two) for That

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation How can child-serving systems react to natural disasters in meaningful and effective ways? What actions can child welfare and juvenile justice practitioners take to help young people heal? The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Disaster Relief and Response Team has contemplated these very questions over the years. In 2019, this […]

Co-Creating for Impact: Five Steps to More Responsive Youth Programming

By Linda Fogarty, International Youth Foundation It’s easy—and fashionable—to talk about engaging youth in development programming, but it’s much harder to make it happen. Everyone agrees it’s important, but commitment to meaningful youth engagement falls short without a strong plan and a structure for true collaboration. Developmental Evaluation (DE) is one solution. First proposed by […]

Paper explores positive youth development in the context of COVID

Ettekal, A. V., & Agans, J. P. (2020). Positive Youth Development Through Leisure: Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Youth Development, 15(2), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.962 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting youth out-of-school-time programs (OST) and positive youth development in many detrimental ways.  Because youth programs are one of the […]

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach

By Zakia Redd, Kristin Anderson Moore, and Kristine Andrews, Child Trends Positive youth development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach used by programs to support the development of young people’s skills, nurture their interests and values, seek and incorporate their input, and connect them to positive adults and useful resources. Appreciation for the value of youth […]

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

Choi, E., Park, J. J., Jo, K., & Lee, O. (2015). The influence of a sports mentoring program on children’s life skills development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 15(2), 264. Summarized by Kirsten Christensen   Introduction In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize youth development, moving from a […]

Literature, music, and an earnest mentor make the difference

The First Time an Adult Took Me Seriously By WILL SHEFF, originally posted in the New York Times I grew up on the grounds of a New Hampshire prep school where both my parents taught. It was my whole universe. I ate every dinner in the school cafeteria. I knew the secret passages, the hidden […]

Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Posted by James Devitt, NYU By the age of six, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid anything they think may require it. A new study published in the journal Science shows how early gender stereotypes take hold and suggests that they may […]

How a positive youth development framework can inform mentoring interventions for young adults

By Kristin Anderson Moore, Senior Scholar, Child Trends Healthy People 2020 identifies positive youth development (PYD) as a major new approach for interventions, describing it as “the intentional process of providing all youth with the support, relationships, experiences, resources, and opportunities needed to become successful and competent adults.” A growing number of evaluations suggest that PYD […]

Intentional-self regulation (ISR) skills: What is their role in youth’s future outlook?

Schmid, K.L., Phelps, E., & Lerner, R.M. (2011). Constructing positive futures: Modeling the relationship between adolescents’ hopeful future expectations and intentional self-regulation in predicting positive youth development. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 1127-1135. Background: During adolescence, young people often explore their identities and thinking about pathways into adulthood. Their increasing cognitive and behavioral capacities provide them […]