Principles of Youth Development

  1. Focus on strengths and positive outcomes instead of taking a deficits-based approach.

  2. Treat youth as valued and respected partners who have an equal voice in decision-making and project planning.

  3. Include all youth in programming and activities and promote and encourage civic involvement and engagement.

  4. Advocate for youth at all levels to evoke systemic changes that allow all youth to thrive.

  5. Provide on-going, developmentally-appropriate support to increase protective factors and mitigate risk factors.