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Relationship Building using Positive Youth Development; March 25, 2009

Relationship Building using Positive Youth Development; March 25, 2009

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  • 1. Mentoring: A Key Resource for Promoting Positive Youth Development
  • 2. What are your hopes for the children in your life?
  • 3. Positive Youth Development (PYD)
    • Two key ideas:
      • All young people possess strengths
      • PYD may be promoted when youth strengths are aligned with the “developmental assets” present in their ecologies
  • 4. Four Ecological Assets that Promote PYD
    • The individuals in young people’s lives
    • The institutions present in their community
    • Opportunities for youth and adults to work together in valued community activities; and
    • Access to these people and institutions
  • 5. Most Important Asset: Mentors
    • Assets can be identified in any setting within which youth live and develop—families, schools, and communities.
    • However, in all settings, the presence of mentors is the most important asset for PYD that exists in communities
  • 6. Mentoring & YD Programs
    • Mentoring that occurs within the context of youth development (YD) programs may be particularly beneficial in the promotion of PYD
  • 7. “ Big 3” Features of YD Programs
    • 1. Sustained, positive adult-youth relations;
    • 2. Youth life-skill building activities; and
    • 3. Youth participation and leadership of valued community activities.
  • 8. Effective Community-Based Youth Development Programs PYD Youth Contributions Sustained Youth-Adult Partnerships Youth Leadership Skill-Building Activities Competence Connection Confidence Character Caring Figure 1
  • 9. The “Five Cs”
    • Competence
    • Confidence
    • Connection
    • Character
    • Caring
    • And sometimes… Contribution
  • 10. Implications For Mentors
    • Interactions with mentees should reflect the “Big 3”
    • Assure youth gain access to four key ecological assets in their communities
    • Help to develop each of the Cs of PYD
  • 11. Dialogue
    • How can you incorporate positive youth development into your relationship?
    • What are some examples of behaviors that demonstrate any of the 5 C’s?
  • 12. Conclusions
    • Effective mentoring is an important developmental asset
    • You can facilitate the development of the several key indicators of positive youth development
    • Within “Big 3” features of YD programs, you have many actions to take to foster positive youth development
  • 13. Search Institute
    • Provides leadership, information, and resources to promote positive healthy development of youth.
    • The 40 Developmental Assets for Youth
  • 14. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory - National Mentoring Center
    • National organization that provides training and technical assistance to youth mentoring programs.
      • A Mentor’s Guide to Youth Development Putting Youth Development Principles to Work in Mentoring Programs
      • Understanding the Youth Development Model