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What is Positive Youth Development?

“Positive youth development is an approach, a way to think about young people, that focuses on their assets (capacities, strengths, and developmental needs) and not solely on their deficits (risks, negative behaviors, and problems). This approach calls for shifting attention away from a crisis mentality that concentrates on stopping problems, to developing careful strategies that increase young people’s exposure to positive and constructive relationships and activities that promote healthy, responsible, and compassionate choices.”  From A Guide to Positive Youth Development