Positive Youth Development: A Pathway to Healthy Teens

Positive Youth Development: A Pathway to Healthy Teens

The latest issue brief from Grantmakers in Health, an educational organization that supports health philanthropy, calls on funders to incorporate positive youth development principles into their initiatives in order to help young people avoid health risks and become healthy adults. In addition to an introduction to positive youth development — an approach that promotes services, systems, and supports to help youth develop competencies to face the challenges of adult life — Positive Youth Development: A Pathway to Healthy Teens (50 pages, PDF) provides examples of programs designed to support and promote the approach; descriptions of effective services and programs; a review of research in the field; and lessons learned by grantmakers that have adopted the positive youth development approach.