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Resources on Positive Youth Development

  • Check out OAH’s library of federal adolescent health resources on positive youth development, as well as positive mental health and resilience. You also can view OAH’s webcast, Make the Connection, with Karen Pittman, Kris Moore, and other leaders in the field of positive youth development. 
  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) is a national call to action to improve adolescent health by focusing on the positives and opportunities present in adolescence. The Game Plan for Engaging Youth summarizes approaches to engaging youth in promoting their health.
  • Positive youth development is one of the featured topics on Youth.gov, a federal government website from the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs. The site has information on several topics relevant to strengthening youth-serving programs. 
  • A brief from the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau, Discover Positive Youth Development, provides an introduction to positive youth development and a broad array of resources on the topic.
  • ACF’s Child Welfare Information Gateway has several tools to help state and local organizations develop and sustain positive youth development programs in their communities. ACF also created a positive youth development online training for families and professionals that work with youth.
  • The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) State of the Field Report  and their website Youth Power provide information on the latest research and trends in the area of cross-sectoral and holistic strategies for positive youth development globally, particularly in developing countries. 
  • The Forum for Youth Investment hosts webinars and events focusing on how communities can prepare young people for work, college, and life by age 21. It has a helpful video on what positive youth development is and how it supports young people. The Forum also has several community examples and resources.
  • The Search Institute breaks positive youth development into 40 developmental assets, some of which are directly related to adolescents and others to adolescents' communities. It includes simple steps that people can take to promote these assets. You can take the developmental assets quiz for parents on the OAH website. 
  • ACT for Youth Upstate Center of Excellence created a Positive Youth Development Resource Manual that provides easy to use tools and activities for professionals and community members who want to build positive youth development approaches.
  • The Center for the Study of Social Policy developed Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that focuses specifically on adolescents transitioning from foster care. However, all adolescents can benefit from the five identified protective factors that help adolescents grow into healthy adults. The initiative includes a training guide, examples of success, searchable database of interventions and actions, and resources.


Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 13, 2019