Our Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development
1. A safe, positive environment
Our Clubs are a safe haven where youth feel physically and emotionally secure. Club Staff, facilities, programs, and the Club environment create stability, consistency, and a sense of safety for members.
Our Clubs are fun for youth of all ages. Fun is generated by providing dynamic out-of-school programming that allows each member to find their place and be exposed to new opportunities. Youth are able to develop a strong sense of belonging through connections they establish with staff and peers.
3. Supportive relationships
At the Club, youth develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults. Staff members actively cultivate such relationships to ensure that every member feels connected to one or more adults and peers. Staff members demonstrate, caring, appreciation, acceptance, and proper guidance in their interactions with young people.
4. Opportunities and expectations
At the Club, youth are able to acquire new skills and experiences in diverse areas, giving them daily opportunities to broaden their horizons. Staff members establish and reinforce high expectations and help our young people reach their fullest potential.
At the Club, we recognize and affirm young people’s self-worth and accomplishments. Staff members encourage youth and provide positive reinforcement as they develop in adults.