Find resources that define positive youth development and offer research on and models for positive youth development approaches.
Family Strengthening in Youth Development (PDF - 329 KB)
Family Strengthening Policy Center (2005)
Examines the extent to which youth serving programs involve parents as decision-makers in how their communities meet their families' needs. Presents case studies that illustrate promising practices for strengthening families and demonstrate the range of opportunities for engaging families as partners in youth development work.
Linking Research With the Practice of Youth Development (PDF - 89 KB)
Hamilton & Hamilton
Practice Matters, 2007
Suggests how to draw on research to foster the vitality and efficacy of youth development practices and distinguishes between validated and evidence-based practices.
Policymakers: A Checklist of Youth Development Principles (PDF - 301 KB)
California Collaborative for Youth Development (2006)
Presents a checklist of important questions to guide policymakers when creating, modifying, supporting, and/or funding youth policies and programs.
Positive Youth Development: An Introduction
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, U.S. Family and Youth Services Bureau (2009)
Introduces the philosophy and principles behind positive youth development (PYD), a strategy for supporting youth that includes youth advocacy and participation in policymaking. This booklet includes tips for implementing PYD in communities, as well as Federal and local organizations that support and practice PYD. (PDF - 1352 KB)
Positive Youth Development: Individual, Setting and System Level Indicators (PDF - 311 KB)
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford School of Education (2009)
Provides a framework for organizing positive indicators of youth's social and emotional development at the individual, setting, and system levels and offers examples of items and tools that the field can use to measure them.
Positive Youth Development So Far: Core Hypotheses and Their Implications for Policy and Practice (PDF - 276 KB)
Benson, Scales, Hamilton, & Sesma
Search Institute Insights and Evidence, 3(1), 2006
Examines the theory, definitions, and hypotheses of positive youth development in order to encourage a strength-based approach to practice, research, and policy when working with young people.
Reviewing Youth Development Principles
Jordan & Norman (2006)
Discusses the needs of youth, characteristics of environments that are supportive of youth, and five competency areas that youth must master for positive development and preparation for adulthood.
Risk and Promotive Factors in Families, Schools, and Communities: A Contextual Model of Positive Youth Development in Adolescence
Youngblade, Theokas, Schulenberg, Curry, Huang, & Novak
Examines the family, school, and community risk and promotive factors that contribute to healthy adolescent development.
Youth Service-Learning: A Family-Strengthening Strategy (PDF - 271 KB)
Family Strengthening Policy Center (2007)
Focuses on how and why the human services community can invest in service-learning to facilitate the positive development of disadvantaged youth and to strengthen their families and communities.