Promotion of Thriving in Youth: The Intersections of the Positive Youth Development Perspective and Challenge Course Programming
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors
Youth development, Youth -- Services for -- Evaluation, Problem youth -- Services for -- Evaluation
This paper’s intent is to explore the Positive Youth Development (PYD) perspective, its applications, and the growing research topics pertaining to it. I will demonstrate the importance of developmental assets and PYD centered programs in the human journey towards "Thriving," which is understood as the ultimate state of being achieved by the systematic promotion of positive development across time in a youth’s life (Lerner et al, 2005). My paper also explains challenge course programming and its relationship to the Positive Youth Development perspective. Upon demonstrating this relationship, I offer a few ideas for future challenge course programming that would foster new dimensions in relationship dynamics for participating youth that can increase indicators that they are thriving.
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Snyder, Zachary H., "Promotion of Thriving in Youth: The Intersections of the Positive Youth Development Perspective and Challenge Course Programming" (2015). University Honors Theses. Paper 191.