Positive Youth Development Programs
Find resources addressing the management and operation of positive youth development programs, including information on common program elements, policy development, youth and community engagement, and more.
Positive Youth Development: State Strategies (PDF - 1730 KB)
National Conference of State Legislatures (2005)
Shares supporting research and examples from States that are tackling what is necessary to change the odds for youth. Includes examples of what can be done to align and coordinate youth policies to promote youth development in any State.
Changing the Paradigm: Positioning Foster Care Youth as Community Assets and Resources (PDF - 237 KB)
Youth Service Journal, 2(1), 2006
Identifies common denominators of successful youth programs and highlights programs that have successfully engaged youth in foster care in their communities, including YouthBuild and the National Civilian Conservation Corps.
A Guide to Effective Investments in Positive Youth Development: Implications of Research for Financing and Sustaining Programs and Services for Youth (PDF - 1393 KB)
The Finance Project (2009)
Reviews the research on what works to promote positive youth development. This strategy brief highlights examples of effective youth programs and efforts to build strong systems and identifies three financing and sustainability strategies to guide effective investments in positive youth development.
What Kids Need: Lawmakers Are Recognizing That Children Do Not Grow Up in Programs, But in Families and Communities(PDF - 134 KB)
Walton & Gaines
State Legislatures, 2006
Describes factors that positively impact youth development and highlights effective State programs that use a positive youth development approach that focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses.
Youth Development & Youth Leadership (PDF - 184 KB)
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (2004)
Assists youth service practitioners, administrators, and policy makers in defining, differentiating, and providing youth development and youth leadership programs and activities.
Youth Development Programs and Educationally Disadvantaged Older Youths: A Synthesis (PDF -597 KB)
Child Trends (2003)
Examines the role that programs designed to serve educationally disadvantaged older youth can play in promoting positive youth development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood. Includes an evaluation of outcomes for 12 youth programs.