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Relationship Building using Positive Youth Development; March 25, 2009

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CommonBond - Relationship Building

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

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