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PYD | Positive Youth Development (FREE)

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9700 E. Easter Ln.

Centennial, CO 80112

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PYD Positive Youth Development | August 1 from 8:30-3:30 with a break for lunch at 11:30

at the Family Resource Pavilion | 9700 E. Easter Ln; Centennial, CO 80112

FREE training to enhance your prevention, intervention & treatment models. Lunch is not provided.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

QUESTIONS? Contact the Juvenile Assessment Center: JuvenileAssessment@arapahoegov.com



What Is Positive Youth Development?

(Adapted from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/positive-youth-development)

Positive Youth Development, or PYD, is a strengths-based view of adolescence. This approach focuses on helping youth acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults.

  • Conceptually, positive youth development guides communities and organizations in how they organize services, opportunities and support so that all youth can be engaged and reach their full potential.

  • In practice, positive youth development incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.


Positive youth development is often misunderstood. It is not an alternative to current models of care. Instead, it is a conceptual and practical lens that enhances prevention, intervention and treatment models. It's an approach that guides communities and organizations in the way that they organize services, opportunities and supports so that all youth can be engaged and reach their full potential.


Positive youth development is guided by the following principles:

  1. Strengths-based: we take a holistic approach by focusing on the inherent strengths of an individual, family or community, then build upon them.

  2. Inclusive: we address the needs of all youth by ensuring that our approach is culturally responsive.

  3. Engages Youth as Partners: we ensure the intentional, meaningful and sustained involvement of youth as equitable partners in the programs, practices and policies that seek to impact them.

  4. Collaborative: we create meaningful partnerships within and across sectors to effectively align our work.

  5. Sustainable: we address long-term planning through funding, training, capacity building, professional development and evaluation in order to ensure ongoing support and engagement of youth.


PYD Trainer: Audra Bishop, M.A., CACIII

Youth &Young Adult Unit Supervisor, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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