Adolescence is a time of change, both physically and emotionally. It’s also the time when young people should begin to make healthier choices for themselves to ensure a beneficial future.

Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood in order to achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. 

Conditions that promote healthy youth development are supported through programs and activities in schools and communities. Youth development researchers and practitioners emphasize that effective programs and interventions recognize youths’ strengths, and seek to promote positive development rather than addressing risks in isolation. Youth who are constructively involved in learning and doing; and who are connected to positive adults and peers are less likely to engage in risky or self-defeating behaviors.

Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools, and communities.

Today’s youth are disproportionately affected by some of the world’s toughest challenges. These challenges include unemployment, poor health (physical, mental, and emotional), educational barriers, and displacement. With the right investments and support, the youth demographic dividend can accelerate development across all sectors.

Help our young people around the world thrive!

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  1. Hello my name is Skylarr. A lady (of color) came to my school (Cheyenne HS) and told my JAG class about a UAV class that also pays for the certification which I believe is $500, also after becoming certified I was told they would place us in an internship for UAV. I have her my name , email and number but due to COVID-19 I was told by my teacher it was postponed . I am curious on if the program (I believe it’s 2-3 weeks long )will continue after everything is situated . Also I believe it was a minority based class Incase that helps you to understand what course and opportunity I am talking about . I was and still am highly interested and would love to participate . Thanks

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