Positive Youth Development
In 2003, the Foundation funded a partnership between Dr. Rich Lerner of Tufts University’s Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development and the Alliance for Teen Safety in Concord that introduced us to the concept of Positive Youth Development. We’ve been big fans ever since.
The premise is that the best youth development programs focus on young peoples’ strengths rather than their deficits, building both the “internal assets” (like honesty, motivation, self-esteem) and the “external resources” (such as youth programming, caring adults, effective education and supportive communities) that youth need to be successful. It makes a lot of sense.
The Foundation encourages its grant partners to enhance their programming through a positive youth development lens.
National Conference of State Legislatures
America’s Promise Alliance
Thrive Foundation for Youth:
Ready by 21
The Forum for Youth Investment
The Search Institute
Act for Youth
Act for Youth Positive Youth Development Resource Manual
Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mentoring: National Mentoring Partnership
Youth on Board
The Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development
Early Childhood Resources:
Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest