Adolescence is a time of transition between childhood and full maturity. It is a time of physical, social, and psychological change that can greatly affect adolescent behavior. The way in which people around adolescents react to these changes can greatly affect the ease of transition from childhood into adulthood.
Positive 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 (csis.org). PYD is an approach, not a program, which can be used to complement other models of care that are currently being used. Unlike other approaches, PYD does not attempt to correct what is “wrong” with children’s behavior or development. Rather, it focuses on youths’ positive traits in a way that develops their skills, opportunities and authentic relationships. This helps the youths reach their full potentials.
For more information on PYD, as well as a list of resources available and tips for implementing PYD visit: http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/youth-engagement/positive-youth-development.