Positive Youth Development: What is it?
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is both a theory and a programmatic approach which promotes adulthood for good, active, and involved young people.
The PYD strategy relies on the premise that youth with more developmental assets are more likely to enjoy academic performance, have better economic opportunities, be more civically active, and be more stable in the long term.
PYD approaches develop skills, assets, and competencies; facilitate healthy relationships; improve the environment; and transform structures.
Effective PYD methods are based on:
Constructing skills, tools, and competencies and positive interactions.
Environmental strengthening and
Involving youth as equal partners and involving them.
Young people have been hit particularly hard by the global economic crisis.
Owing to the lack of work prospects, many young people are stuck in constant cycles of unemployment, underemployment, and/or being pushed back to school.
An alarmingly growing number of educated young graduates are deciding to move to wealthy countries for a better future. One of the deep wounds of the global recession is the “brain drain” of less affluent communities.
Positive Youth Development also looks a bit like this:
- Developing new talents and skills.
- Showing leadership and taking responsibility.
- Thinking about, training and establishing priorities for the future.
- Expanding social skills and developing healthy peer and adult relationships.
Showing versatility, flexibility, and comfort with change.
Growing capacity to prepare ahead and to make choices.
While the definition can be extended generally across youth age groups (10 to 29), it should be noted that youth developmental stages differ greatly, and social, emotional, and cognitive abilities shift rapidly across these age ranges.
“Because this definition is intended to be visionary and is relevant across different settings, it is necessary to broadly interpret terms such as “skills,” “relationships,” “world” and “systems.
The 5 C’s of Positive Youth Development:-
a sense of stability, structure and belonging; positive links to individuals and social institutions.
A sense of self-worth and mastery; a belief in one’s ability to succeed.
Accountability; a sense of independence and individuality; a connection to values and values.
The ability to act effectively in school, social situations, and at work.
Active participation and leadership in a variety of environments; making a difference.
For young people of all ages, many events and services promote constructive strengths. Relationships with adults often increase the capacity of children to prosper. We ask questions such as: What kinds of behaviours, interactions, and relationships help young people grow into stable, productive adults and citizens when we approach youth development from a strengths-based perspective? In other words: What are the roots that enable children to grow, learn, and behave in ways that bring happiness?
When parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, and a number of other adults turn up and do good work, young people (youth) thrive.
To every child and to every country, how well each of us succeeds makes a difference. So let’s change the conversation and start asking questions that enable children to grow the opportunity to prosper in life!