Positive youth development

Positive youth development, or PYD, is a strengths-based view of adolescence. This approach focuses on helping youth acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults.
  • Conceptually, positive youth development guides communities and organizations in how they organize services, opportunities and support so that all youth can be engaged and reach their full potential.
  • In practice, positive youth development incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.
Read more about the positive youth development approach.
PYD in action tool
This tool was developed as a resource for local partners to utilize, share and evaluate their PYD approach.
May 2015 report 
Learn about the Youth Partnership for Health (YPH), a youth advisory council.

Related program
A collective, action-oriented group of Colorado youth and adults working in partnership to align efforts and achieve positive outcomes for all youth, ages 9-25, so they can reach their full potential.