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May 2004Vol. 5, No. 4Positive Youth Development

The January 2004 issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) focuses on positive youth development (PYD), contrasting this model with more traditional models of adolescence. The PYD model views adolescents as resources rather than as problems and focuses on their potential rather than their deficiencies.

Some of the themes addressed in this special issue, Positive Development: Realizing the Potential of Youth, include:

  • PYD and character strengths
  • PYD in school programs and after-school settings
  • Research on PYD in the United States
  • Effects of PYD on child well-being
  • Developing resilience in youth

To read more about this issue, visit the AAPSS website at

Related Items

The National Collaboration for Youth recently published a list of 10 core competencies for staff who work with youth. These Youth Development Worker Competencies include knowledge, skills, and personal attributes needed by workers for effective practice. The list can be used to determine recruitment, selection, and development strategies. It is available in a PDF format at

Two curricula that use PYD in working with older youth in foster care and independent living situations are featured in recent issues of Children's Bureau Express:

  • "Transitioning Y.O.U.T.H." (May 2004)
  • "Foster Youth Help Develop Curriculum and Provide Training for Child Welfare Workers" (February 2004)