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Positive Youth Development
Origins, Research and Concepts
Prevention Research:
What predicts and prevents
poor health outcomes?
Risk Factors: Community
Availability of Drugs X X
Availability of Firearms X X
Community Laws and Norms Favorable
Toward D...
Resiliency Research:
What explains success
despite the odds?
Results of Resiliency Research
INDIVIDUAL TRAITS
• Social Competence
• Problem Solving Skills
• Autonomy
• Sense of Purpos...
Youth Development Research:
What predicts
and promotes thriving?
Search Institute’s
The Origin of “Assets”
External Assets
• Support
• Empowerment
• Boundaries and
Expectations
• Construc...
Relationship of Assets to
Negative Outcomes
Percent of
Teens
Number of assets
49
27
11
3
61
38
19
7
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%...
Thriving Indicators by Asset Level
Succeeds in School
Maintains Good
Health
Risk and Protective
Factors at Work
Protective
Factors
Risk
Factors
Positive
Outcomes
National Research Council (2002)
Features of Positive Developmental Settings
Physical and Psychological Safety
Appropriate...
“Problem free is not fully prepared.
Fully prepared is not fully engaged.”
Karen Pittman
What is Positive Youth
Development?
A philosophy or approach
that guides communities in the
way they organize programs
and...
Key Principles of
Youth Development
• Positive Outcomes
• Youth Voice
• Strategies Aim To Involve All Youth
• Long Term In...
Traditional
Approach
Positive Youth
Development
Adapted from Karen Pittman
Participation
Preparation
Prevention
Interventi...
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  1. 1. Positive Youth Development Origins, Research and Concepts
  2. 2. Prevention Research: What predicts and prevents poor health outcomes?
  3. 3. Risk Factors: Community Availability of Drugs X X Availability of Firearms X X Community Laws and Norms Favorable Toward Drug Use, Firearms, and Crime X X X Media Portrayals of Violence X X Transitions and Mobility X X Low Neighborhood Attachment and Community Disorganization X X X Extreme Economic Deprivation X X X X X
  4. 4. Resiliency Research: What explains success despite the odds?
  5. 5. Results of Resiliency Research INDIVIDUAL TRAITS • Social Competence • Problem Solving Skills • Autonomy • Sense of Purpose, Belief in a Bright Future ENVIRONMENTAL TRAITS • Caring Relationships • High Expectations • Opportunities for Participation
  6. 6. Youth Development Research: What predicts and promotes thriving?
  7. 7. Search Institute’s The Origin of “Assets” External Assets • Support • Empowerment • Boundaries and Expectations • Constructive Use of Time Internal Assets • Commitment to Learning • Positive Values • Social Competencies • Positive Identity
  8. 8. Relationship of Assets to Negative Outcomes Percent of Teens Number of assets 49 27 11 3 61 38 19 7 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 0-10 Assets 11-20 Assets 21-30 Assets 31-40 Assets Alcohol Use Violence Copyright © 2001 by Search Institute
  9. 9. Thriving Indicators by Asset Level Succeeds in School Maintains Good Health
  10. 10. Risk and Protective Factors at Work Protective Factors Risk Factors Positive Outcomes
  11. 11. National Research Council (2002) Features of Positive Developmental Settings Physical and Psychological Safety Appropriate Structures Supportive Relationships Opportunities to Belong Positive Social Norms Support for Efficacy and Mattering Opportunities for Skill Building Integration of Family, School and Community Efforts
  12. 12. “Problem free is not fully prepared. Fully prepared is not fully engaged.” Karen Pittman
  13. 13. What is Positive Youth Development? A philosophy or approach that guides communities in the way they organize programs and supports so that young people can develop to their full potential!
  14. 14. Key Principles of Youth Development • Positive Outcomes • Youth Voice • Strategies Aim To Involve All Youth • Long Term Involvement • Community Involvement • Focus On Collaboration
  15. 15. Traditional Approach Positive Youth Development Adapted from Karen Pittman Participation Preparation Prevention Intervention Crisis Shared Leadership

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