My Youth Development Ideology
Horoscope: Positive Youth Development
What does that mean??
Youth have a constellation of "assets".
External assets like supports
(family, adults, school, climate);
Empowerment (youth as resources),
Boundaries (family, school, positive
peer influence); internal assets like
commitment to learning, positive attitudes
(caring), social competencies, positive identity.
Its the youth worker role to create environments
that provide positive external assets to foster
positive internal assets. A focus on fostering
strengths of positive growth.
How does this relate to what kind of youth worker I am??
I believe that youth are what holds our
communities together! As a Youth Development
major I believe that youth are what make
our communities grow, because they are the future.
I believe it is important to engage youth in activities
and topic that will involve their future and their
Encouraging youth to talk about controversial
topics in a safe area I believe is one of the
most important things we can do to help their
How to provide Positive Youth Spaces...