News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 13 Sep 2020 15:37pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Positive Youth Development (PYD) is both a philosophy as well as a programmatic approach for supporting healthy, productive, and engaged youth as they grow into adulthood.
  • The Positive youth development program has its origins in the field of prevention.
  • PYD focuses on the active promotion of optimal human development distinguishing it from the study of child development or adolescent development

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is both a philosophy as well as a programmatic approach for supporting healthy, productive, and engaged youth as they grow into adulthood. This program differs from other approaches to youth in that it rejects an emphasis on trying to correct what is considered wrong with children's behaviour or development. Instead, youth development professionals live by the motto originally coined by Karen Pittman, "problem-free is not fully prepared". Programs and practitioners seek to empathize with, educate, and engage children in productive activities. 

 

The PYD approach rests on the idea that youth with more developmental assets are more likely to enjoy academic success, be more civically engaged, have greater economic prospects, and be healthier in the long term. Positive youth development engages youth along with their families, governments, and/or communities, so that youth are empowered to reach their full potential. Its approaches foster healthy relationships, strengthen the environment, build skills, competencies, and assets, and transform systems. 

 

The Positive youth development program has its origins in the field of prevention. In the past, prevention efforts typically focused on single problems before they surfaced in youth, such as substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and teen pregnancy. Rather than on the scientific study of age-related change, PYD focuses on the active promotion of optimal human development distinguishing it from the study of child development or adolescent development

 

To achieve the vision of healthy, productive, and engaged youth, PYD programs, practices, and policies must work with youth to improve their:

 

  • Agency: To achieve desired outcomes, youth have the ability to employ their assets and aspirations to make or influence their own decisions about their lives and set their own goals, as well as to act upon those decisions 

  • Contribution: Youth is engaged as a source of change for their own and their communities’ positive development.

  • Assets: Youth have the necessary resources, skills, and competencies to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Enabling environment: Youth is surrounded by an enabling environment that maximizes their assets, agency, access to services and opportunities, and ability to avoid risks while promoting their social and emotional competence to thrive. 

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 14 Sep 2020 10:19am IST


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