The 10-hour curriculum is structured in five distinct sections, each of which may be presented as a stand-alone workshop:
- Positive Youth Development: theoretical underpinnings and key principles of positive youth development; brief review of adolescent development
- Positive Youth Outcomes: positive outcomes and strategies to build these outcomes
- Youth Voice and Engagement: opportunities for meaningful engagement; overcoming adultism
- Youth Development Programming: features of effective youth development settings and youth-centered learning approaches
- Youth Worker Competencies: competency frameworks, boundaries, and ethical dilemmas
Download CurriculumDownload the curriculum, activity worksheets, handouts, and slides here. Pre- and post-tests and a feedback form are also provided. To download handouts and activity worksheets individually, see Section Handouts and Activities below.
The following documents are in PDF format unless otherwise indicated.
Section 1 Handouts and Activities
Section 2 Handouts and Activities2.1 Positive Youth Outcomes - 6 Cs (English)
2.1 Positive Youth Outcomes (Spanish)
2.1 Section 2: Resources & References
Section 3 Handouts and Activities3.1 Meaningful Roles
Section 4 Handouts and Activities4.1 Features of Positive Developmental Settings
4.1 Resources: NRC Features of Positive Developmental Settings
4.1 Agency Climate Bingo
4.3 Engaging Youth: Planning Activities
4.3 Consensus - Action Planning
4.3 Engaging Youth: Reflection Activities
4.3 Experiential Education & the Experiential Learning Cycle
4.3 Reflective Group Conversation
4.3 Open-Ended Questions
4.3 Gardner's Multiple Intelligences
4.3 Collaborative Learning
4.3 Reflection Cube from Step It Up 2 Thrive
Section 5 Handouts and Activities5.1 Section 5: Resources & References
AcknowledgementsPositive Youth Development 101 was developed by Jutta Dotterweich of ACT for Youth, in collaboration with the NYS 4-H State Office, the NYS 4-H Educator Association, the Risk and Thriving in Adolescence Program Work Team, and several youth development consultants and former trainers of the NYS AYD partnership. Its purpose is to increase the knowledge and skills of new youth work professionals, establish a common language among youth work professionals, and advance a youth development network in New York State.
This curriculum development and training project is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Smith Lever project 2012-13-272.