PYD Model of Change The Positive Youth Development (PYD) model of change begins with Key Inputs. Positive people, places and opportunities are what Academy 4 is all about.
Positive People Mentors and club leaders who encourage and students are our bread and butter. Positive people are consistent, caring, and competent.
Positive Places As we consistently show up and serve – bringing structure and fun we make school a safe and positive place. Positive places are safe, structured, and stimulating.
Positive Opportunities. Through clubs, we give students a chance to explore new possibilities. Through our LEADERS curriculum, which you'll learn about later in this lesson, we provide training in new subject matter that can help shape LEADERS 4 LIFE. Positive opportunities provide a full range of options for training, exploring, and contributing.
Desired Outcomes The next segment of the PYD Model of Change is Desired Outcomes, or the 6 Cs - Competence, Confidence, Character, Connections, Contributions, and Caring. The 6 Cs is a framework for understanding positive youth development outcomes(2).
Effective youth engagement is not just about “fixing” behavior problems. It’s about building and nurturing “all the beliefs, behaviors, knowledge, attributes and skills that result in a healthy and productive adolescence and adulthood(1).” This approach from Karen Pittman is supported by resiliency research as well as the emergence of 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Search Institute.
1 New York State Advancing Youth Development Partnership. (2006). 2 Pittman, K., Irby, M., Tolman, J., N. Yohalem, N., &; Ferber, T. (2003). Preventing Problems, Promoting Development, Encouraging Engagement. Forum for Youth Investment.
The 6 Cs of Positive Youth Development
CONNECTION: A feeling of safety, structure, and belonging; positive bonds with people and social institutions
CONFIDENCE: A sense of self-worth and mastery; having a belief in one’s capacity to succeed
CHARACTER: Taking responsibility; sense of independence and individuality; connection to principles & values
CARING: Sympathy and empathy for others; commitment to social justice
CONTRIBUTION: Active participation and leadership in a variety of settings; making a difference
COMPETENCE: Ability to act effectively in school, in social situations, and at work
PYD Model of Change: Basic Functional Areas With key inputs and desired outcomes, the PYD Model of Change drives people to be functional in academics, cognitive, social, physical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual areas.
How Does Academy 4 Impact Students?
Once a month
9 campus visits
Clubs 12:00 - 1:30pm
Mentors 1:30 - 3:00pm
Each month focuses on a LEADERS attribute.
You can be a mentor, club leader or both!
Clubs Foster Growth and Development Clubs allow students the opportunity to try new things and have new experiences. The students get to choose two clubs and attend all 9 sessions. So each club is 40 minutes with 5 minutes of transition time between. We have curriculum to aid club leaders as they plan their clubs. If you have a passion or interest in leading a club, please let the site coordinator know. Do not feel limited by the clubs already established. It’s possible to create new clubs depending on room availability, costs, etc.
Clubs expand possibilities.
Mentoring Develops LEADERS After the clubs, mentors meet students for the assembly time featuring the leadership quality of the month. The presentation includes a short puppet show and a book that highlights the attribute.
Finally, mentors and students have Quality Time where they use the LEADERS Toolbox curriculum folder to learn more about the leadership quality of the month. The curriculum is designed to help the mentor assist the student in understanding the concept, learning to apply it, and encouraging growth.
Afterward, there is free time to talk, read a book together, do a craft, or play a game.
Listen Listening has to do with empathy and showing concern for the feelings of others.
Encourage Encouraging someone means to put courage into others by cheering them on and advocating for them.
Attitude A positive attitude keeps a group, family, school, and community going in a positive direction.
Develop To develop is to be a life long learner, always growing and developing new interests, skills, and more.
Example Lead by example, do the right thing, and act with integrity.
Respect Cherish others, treat them with great value and treasure them.
Serve Leaders are eager to serve others, the school, and community.
Lesson Summary In this lesson, you learned:
The key inputs of the Positive Youth Development Model of Change.
The 6 Cs of Positive Youth Development.
The structure of a monthly Academy 4 session - mentoring and clubs.
How to shape LEADERS 4 Life - Listen, Encourage, Attitude, Develop, Example, Respect, and Serve.