Adopting a positive youth development (PYD) approach changes the way you look at young people and how you work with them. In this webinar we will investigate what we mean by positive youth development. We will start with a quick overview of adolescent development, especially adolescent brain development. With this foundation we will explore key principles of positive youth development such as nurturing positive outcomes, using a strength based approach, and youth voice and engagement. After taking a closer look at youth voice and barriers to youth adult partnerships, we will end by sharing helpful tools and web resources.
Jutta Dotterweich is currently the Director of Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the ACT for Youth Center for Community Action at Cornell University. She has been an Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research since 1999.
Her work has centered on training and curriculum development in interagency collaboration, positive youth development, youth engagement and adolescent well-being with a focus on mental and sexual health. Prior to her work at Cornell University, she has worked for many years as mental health professional and youth services provider in New Jersey and New York State. She received her MA in Psychology from the Westfalische Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany in 1979.