The modules within the Positive Youth Development course were developed out of a thorough review of the literature on the topic as it relates to adolescent growth and development. The research review for each topic is provided as a way to further assist program staff to understand the concepts and the research behind each of the online modules.
A fact sheet for each positive youth development topic is provided to further breakdown the research into key points and takeaways. The fact sheets include key information and facts on the module topic.
The following resources are provided to support programs pursuing continuous quality improvement. The topics reflect the eight Essential Elements as identified by Eccles and Gootman (2002) and are divided into three categories:
- Why is this important? This section includes resources covering theory, rationale or relevant research on the topic
- How can I help my staff in this area? This section includes resources for managers to bolster staff training
- How can my staff help youth in this area? This section includes resources for direct staff to utilize with youth
These resources support Army Youth Program Assessment (AYPA) Improvement Action Proposals and Plan and are evidence-based, provided by credible sources, focused on school-aged children and teens, accessible, and relevant.