The goal of positive youth development is to develop multi-faceted programs that help kids grow into mature and successful adults by nurturing their capabilities not just minimizing their mistakes. Dr. Karen Pittman is a renowned veteran in youth work credited with coining the motto: "Being problem-free is not the same as being fully prepared."
Common goals of Positive Youth Development programming include:
Promoting positive relationships with peers
Emphasizing youths' strengths
Providing opportunities to learn healthy behaviors
Connecting youth with caring adults
Empowering youth to assume leadership roles in programs
Challenging youth in ways that build their competence
Montclair Art Museum – Youth Selects www.montclairartmuseum.org $7,600 to fund Youth Selects, an independent study program created in 2004, offers two arts-interested, high school-aged artists the opportunity to learn about museum professions by working alongside museum staff to curate an exhibition to premiere in the Children’s Art Arcade in spring 2010.
Union Congregation Church – The Side Door www.unioncong.org $4,000 to support The Side Door, an after school place where trained volunteers, including parents, engage middle school students in activities that help them to become the best they can be, take responsibility for their own actions, and have meaningful connections with their peers, parents, teachers and other significant adults.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Montclair Alumnae with The Delta Torch Fund, Inc. www.deltasigmatheta.org $5,000 to the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a national Delta Sigma Theta program focused on enrichment in mathematics, science and technology for young women of color, ages of 11 and 14, to improve their knowledge of and stimulate their interest in mathematics, science and technology, as well as expose them to everyday applications and careers in these fields.
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