The Learning Process
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a non-profit educational organization
Positive Youth Development
What is Positive Youth Development?
Positive Youth Development (PYD) refers to intentional efforts of young adults, adults, community organizations, government agencies, and schools to provide positive opportunities to learn life skills.
One can define youth development as:
"...the ongoing growth process in which all youth are engaged in attempting toPrograms to develop opportunities for pre-teen and teenages does not need to be a highly sophisticated and complicated process. The key is the people, programs, institutions, and systems that support and provide the opportunities so they can empower themselves. This requires a range of opportunities that appeals to individual male and female clients that come in all ages, shapes, and sizes.
The following practices shouldd be observerable in any PDY program:
Support: Motivational, emotional and strategic concepts for being sucessful in life. These supports can take different forms, but they must be affirming, respectful, and ongoing. The supports are more powerful when expressed by people they respect and indeally are involved in the lives of young people.
Opportunities: Young people to learn how to act like adults so they can explore the world with committing a major "screwup". It is important that they have the opportunity to test ideas, behaviors, and attempt to fill different types of adult roles. Like adults, emerging adults learn and retain life lessons through active participation that occurs in settings and situations that can not be reheased.
Quality services: Education, health, employment, and the juvenile justice system can provide life lessons:Real Life Parenting Experiences
Children growing up with multiple siblings have a different interaction with their parents then an only child. The same can be said about the family finances, occupations of one or both parents, if they attended college, and the goals and aspirations they communicated with their children.
Nurturing children generally is acquired from parents and how they treated each other. Sometimes the example is negative and their kids vow not to make the same mistakes.
Childhood is a formative time that when combined with the mixture of hormones, peer pressure, and energy make it a volatile time for some individuals. A youth program can help them to focus on steps they should take to become responsible and ultimately take complete control over their life.
A PYD must develop an outline of personal outcomes and goals, plus the steps to convert dreams into reality. The leaders of the program need to define how success is measured. Each individual must identify their personal goals and clearly articulate the goals that is your ultimate target.
Promoting Alabama Youth Development
Alabama Youth Development (PAYD)
program is designed to
enhance adolescents' personal and social competencies in order to
strengthen their abilities to anticipate and cope with day-to-day
problems, make good life choices, and create positive alternatives for
consists of eight basic modules. Each module
can be expanded to include additional learning experiences for each
game board for the Game of Real Life (see Module 4) is now avaliable
The Institute for Youth Development IYD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes a comprehensive risk avoidance message to youth.
Youth Development Program Top Q&A For: Youth Development Program How to Start a Youth Development Program? In April 1999, I was honored with being chosen by a local non-profit agency to become a youth development specialist. I was chosen because of my social work and teaching experience.
Keys to Quality Youth Development A planning guide for creating positive youth development programs. Covers eight key elements and presents examples, desired outcomes and practices.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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