Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.
Chapter 16: Positive Youth Development: The Role of Competence
Positive Youth Development: The Role of Competence
The introduction to this volume provides a wonderful overview of the importance of community youth development, which refers to the supports, opportunities, and structures communities provide to promote positive youth development. Youth development, at its core, is the work of young people. It refers to the idea that young people find ways to meet their needs and to develop the competencies they perceive as necessary for survival and transition to successful adulthood. Positive youth development refers to the notion that youth will develop in ways that are healthy and positive for both themselves and their communities.
The introductory chapter describes two critical components of positive youth development: (1) positive and sustained relationships ...