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Principles for Promoting Youth Development

The term youth development applies to a set of principles and theories regarding the development of young people.

The principles of youth development are a philosophy or approach emphasizing active support for the growing capacity of young people by individuals, organizations, and institutions, especially at the community level. The youth development approach is rooted in a commitment to enabling all young people to thrive. This simple statement combines two principles: universality or inclusiveness (all youth) and a positive orientation building on strengths (thriving).


  • All Youth Thrive
  • Building on Strengths
  • Universality
  • Services, Support, and Opportunities
  • Challenging Activities and Supportive Relationships
  • Youth Participation


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