THE DEPARTMENT OF    COMMUNITY &    LEADERSHIP    DEVELOPMENT

Youth Development

 

What is Youth Development?

The term youth development has been perceived as a term that encompasses all domains centering on early stages of human life. The term has been defined as a process by which young people acquire competencies and positive connections to self, others and the larger community (National Youth Development Research Response Initiative, 2003). It has also been described as, “a combination of all of the people, places, supports, opportunities and services that young people need to be happy, healthy and successful” (Center for Youth Development and Policy Research). Both of these definitions imply that youth development is indeed a “process” of sorts. In synthesizing these definitions, it is accurate to say that:


Youth development is, in essence, all of the essentials necessary for young people to move from childhood into positive, productive adulthood.

Trends in Youth Development   (slideshow)

Funding Opportunities for
Youth Development Professionals
 
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For more information contact:         
Dr. Kenneth Jones
Department of Community & Leadership Development
500 Garrigus Bldg
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40546-0215
Ph: 859-257-3275

Email:kenrjones@uky.edu

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