Youth Development Resources

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Positive Youth Development

In 2003, the Foundation funded a partnership between Dr. Rich Lerner of Tufts University’s Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development and the Alliance for Teen Safety in Concord that introduced us to the concept of Positive Youth Development. We’ve been big fans ever since.

The premise is that the best youth development programs focus on young peoples’ strengths rather than their deficits, building both the “internal assets” (like honesty, motivation, self-esteem) and the “external resources” (such as youth programming, caring adults, effective education and supportive communities) that youth need to be successful. It makes a lot of sense.

The Foundation encourages its grant partners to enhance their programming through a positive youth development lens.

Youth Resources:

National Conference of State Legislatures

America’s Promise Alliance

Thrive Foundation for Youth:

Ready by 21

The Forum for Youth Investment

The Search Institute

Act for Youth

Act for Youth Positive Youth Development Resource Manual 

Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mentoring: National Mentoring Partnership

Youth on Board

The Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development 

Spark Action 

Early Childhood Resources:

Zero to Three

National Assn. for the Education of Young Children

Early Education for All

Read Aloud

Mass. Children’s Trust Fund

Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest