• Is a process that prepares young people to meet the
challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a
coordinated, progressive series of activities and
experiences which help them to become socially, morally,
emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. It
addresses the broader developmental needs of youth, in
contrast to deficit-based models, which focus solely on
• Refers to an ongoing growth process in which all
youths endeavor to meet their basic needs for safety,
caring relationships and connections to the larger
community, while also striving to build academic,
vocational, personal and social skills.
• Strives to help young people develop the inner
resources and skills they need to cope with pressures
that might lead to unhealthy and antisocial behaviors.
Prevention of undesirable behaviors is one outcome of
positive youth development, but there are others
including the production of self-reliant,
self-confident, adults who can become responsible
members of society.