Positive Youth Development

img_5777Positive Youth Development (PYD) refers to intentional efforts of other youth, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities. PYD is used in scientific literature and by practitioners who work with youth to refer to programs designed to optimize developmental progress.

PYD differs from other approaches to youth in that it rejects an emphasis on trying to correct what is “wrong” with children’s behavior or development. Programs and practitioners seek to empathize with, educate, and engage children in productive activities.While not particularly common in use yet, PYD has been used across the world to address social divisions, such as gender and ethnic differences.