PRACTICES FOR PROMOTING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The term youth development can be used to describe a range of practices in programs, organizations, and initiatives. In this sense, youth development refers to the application of principles to a planned set of practices or activities, that foster the developmental process in young people.
Whether working in tutoring, mentoring, leadership, faith, sports, arts, peer support, or other kinds of youth programs, youth workers engage youth in planning, running, participating in and determining the success of their activities.
Maximizing Supports and Opportunities for Older Youth
Investing in the successful development of teenagers requires a commitment to thinking developmentally and a recognition that older youth are looking for opportunities to learn, grow, work and contribute. It also means looking for programs, partners and funding streams beyond those labeled "afterschool." Programs cut across systems and sectors and range from service-learning to pregnancy prevention to increasing college access. (Yohalem, Joselowsky, Davis, Ebbert, 2004)
PRACTICES FOR HEALTH
Get It - Do It! is collaboration with Kansas PRIDE, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas 4-H to support community youth development for health promotion. Since 2007, Get It - Do It! has supported small towns in their efforts to promote physical activity through: improved parks, trail development/access and youth programs.
The Get It - Do It! program is based on the Health Promotion Formula for Effectiveness. View the videos on this site to learn more!
Trail Mixx encourages youth to become physically active themselves and promote physical activity in their communities by developing, promoting and using walking trails.
PRACTICES FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIORS AND POSITIVE OUTCOMES
Breaking the Code
encourages adult-and-youth groups to link bullying prevention awareness and education to community based groups.
8 Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development
- Positive Environments Lead to Positive Development. If youth programs and opportunities are offered in environments planned intentionally to be positive, youth will be more likely to stay involved in those programs. As youth stay in those programs they will pick up the positive qualities that prepare them to be successful adults.
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