Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa

Positive Youth Development (PYD) has been described as an "approach that guides communities in the way they organise programmes, people and supports so that young people can develop to their full potential" (Pittman).

This Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa (PYDA) framework seeks to explore the confluence between the various approaches to PYD documented in local and international literature, with the grass roots experiences of young people and organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We hope to promote fresh thinking by those working with young people and the funding providers supporting them. This includes both private and public funders of adolescent focused programmes across a range of professions (social work, youth work, education, counselling, social services, corrections, justice etc), as well as managers, programme leaders and programme designers, the adults working with young people as well as parents, communities and young people themselves.

In essence this PYDA framework suggests that both informal and formal initiatives, activities and programmes intentionally weave connections by integrating two key outcomes and adopting three key approaches;

Key Outcomes

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  1. Developing the whole person
  2. Developing connected communities

Key Approaches

  1. Strength-based
  2. Respectful relationships
  3. Building ownership and empowerment




Key Outcomes

Developing the Whole Person

Developing the young person holistically by addressing all their developmental needs collectively rather than separately.

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Developing Connected Communities

Inside every community is the capacity to raise its young people, to create a connected environment rich with support for the child to grow into an adult.

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Key Approaches

Strength Based

A strength-based approach is a perspective that assumes that people are active participants in the helping process.

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Respectful Relationships

We all have a responsibility to form respectful and challenging relationships with young people. The relationship we need is one of high support and respect, but also high challenge.

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Building Ownership and Empowerment

Building ownership and empowerment is inherently connected to having respectful relationships.

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