Juvenile Justice Training
Positive Youth Development Training
this training is designed to provide staff with an opportunity to grow their capacity to support at-risk and particularly vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives in order to thrive
Positive Youth Development is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people’s strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
This training was created by 3Strands Global Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize communities to combat human trafficking through prevention education and reintegration programs.
In partnership with Life Lab Studios and their social growth platform Journey.Do, this training is designed to provide staff with an opportunity to grow their capacity to support at-risk and particularly vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives in order to thrive.
Provide strength-based training relevant to the positive youth development theory that will enable officers to learn pro-social strategies and techniques that will:
Promote protective factors in young people.
Prevent risky behaviors and attitudes in youth and support efforts that work to address negative behaviors.
Acknowledge and further develop (strengthen) youths' assets.
Enable youth to thrive and flourish and prepare them for a healthy, happy, and safe adulthood.
Instill leadership qualities in youth, but understand that youth are not required to lead. Youth can attend, actively participate, contribute, and/or lead through PYD activities
Ensures investment in the community makes in young people is valued and young people are included. Youth and adults work together to frame the solutions.
"I sat down at the table across from youth. I asked how is your new school and just waited. There was an awkward pause and instead of moving on I waited for 5 minutes quietly looking at the youth. He then started talking about the new school and how different the it was from his old school. I stopped from time to time and repeated a phrase to make sure I understood. Today he talked much more and came up to his own solutions."
-Texas Juvenile Justice Officer