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Community Development Youth Development Human Services Education Professional & Program Development in Philanthropy
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

    First Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Montclair Life Skills Academy
    $3,000 to use the Survival Skills for Youth © research-based curriculum to train fifteen adolescent women and men in self-management, personal car maintenance, housing options and appropriate employment behaviors.

    Community Family Enrichment Services Center of the Oranges
    $2,000 to the Youth Academy to match funding to use the research-based Survival Skills for Youth Curriculum © to train 15 high school aged teens identified as returning to HS or at-risk of dropping out in a range of life management skills.

    Montclair Art Museum – Youth Selects
    $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
    $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.
    $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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