Tools for Promoting Positive Youth Development
Find tools to help State and local organizations develop and sustain positive youth development programs in their communities.
202: Adolescent Issues: Risk, Resiliency, and Positive Youth Development
The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2008)
Provides training to recognize the ecological contexts in which adolescents develop; define the multiple factors, including risks and resiliency that influence adolescent development; and apply knowledge of positive youth development, adolescent development, and cultural competence to interventions with youth.
CART: Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools for Measuring Education and Youth Development Outcomes
RMC Research Corporation (2009)
Identifies instruments that measure variables or attributes of youth development programs in three broad areas of inquiry: design and implementation, context in which a program is being delivered, and outcomes. For each instrument, the compendium provides a brief description, target population, contact information, and other parameters that should guide its use.
Community Collaboration Tool
Building Partnerships for Youth (2006)
Offers a customizable PowerPoint presentation that may be used to engage key stakeholders at the State or community levels around issues important for the health, education, and well-being of young people.
Growing Up in a New Country: A Positive Youth Development Toolkit for Working With Refugees and Immigrants (PDF - 657 KB)
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (2006)
Identifies ideal program elements for working with refugee and immigrant youth and offers articles, resources, and programs that can assist agencies in adopting a positive youth development approach to working with newcomer youth.
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)
Highlights examples of effective youth programs, as well as efforts to build strong systems that support youth development. This strategy brief identifies three financing and sustainability strategies to guide effective investments in positive youth development.
How Can I Assess the Quality of My Program?: Tools for Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners (PDF - 79 KB)
Kahn, Bronte-Tinkew, & Theokas (2008)
Identifies the advantages of using program quality assessment tools for self-assessment and program improvement and suggests a number of tools currently available to out-of-school time practitioners.
Putting Positive Youth Development Into Practice: A Resource Guide (PDF - 1219 KB)
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (2007)
Highlights ways youth, communities, and State and local governments can collaborate in their efforts to promote positive youth development. The guide includes community education factsheets, a self-assessment for leaders, an organizational assessment questionnaire, and a list of Internet resources.
Youth Master Planning
National League of Cities, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Provides tools, resources, and networks to help city officials, school leaders, community partners and youth to develop comprehensive youth master plans that coordinate services provided by multiple stakeholders.