The Youth Development Office has a team of dedicated staff that are charged with delivering programs, training and resources to schools, parents and the community in the areas of youth development; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use prevention; pregnant and parenting teen services; social emotional learning; bullying and violence prevention.
What is Youth Development?
Youth development is an approach to working with young people that intentionally helps youth meet developmental needs, builds their capacity and provides relationships and connections needed for their success. The youth development approach is based on over 40 years of research in the youth development, asset development and resiliency fields.
What is Resiliency?
Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. An increasing body of research from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and sociology is showing that most people-including young people-can bounce back from risks, stress, crises, and trauma and experience life success.