Positive youth development
, or PYD
, is a common neologism
that summarizes the intentional efforts of other youth, adults, communities, government agencies, and schools to provide opportunities for youth
to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities into their adulthoods
. PYD is an increasingly popular policy, curricular, and programmatic approach that allows schools and youth organizations
to infuse youth development
principles throughout their programs, while supporting their educative or community development
PYD looks toward creating supportive communities for all young people and at the same time, engaging youth to contribute to the well-being of the larger community. Organizations and communities that promote PYD give youth the chance to get involved and exercise leadership.
In the US federal government, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families
, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes the Positive Youth Development approach.
According to the Family and Youth Services Bureau, the Positive Youth Development approach understands that all young people need support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence.
- , PYD in Juvenile Corrections
- , report on the first five years of the 4-H study of positive youth development from Tufts University.