What is Youth Development?
The goal of youth development is to create a community environment that stimulates and supports youth as they grow into adults.
This can be done in a variety of ways. Some of them include:
Providing a broad range of accessible activities for youth of all ages and capabilities
- Providing high quality education (public schooling, tutoring, private schooling, alternative schooling)
- Teaching youth life skills (how to balance a checkbook, how to prepare a balanced meal, how to create a household budget, career counseling, etc)
- Creating opportunities for youth to have a voice (ie providing student spots on school councils, inviting youth to town meetings and allowing them to speak, teaching youth how to speak at meetings)
- Providing healthy adult role models for youth
- Creating opportunities for youth to be healthy role models for other youth.
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designed by local teens for local teens.
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