Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Positive Reinforcement Works

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach to adolescence. The Eagle River Youth Coalition was founded in part to build PYD throughout the Eagle River Valley. Originally, ERYC utilized the Search Institute’s 40 Development Assets framework along with Hawkins and Catalano’s Risk & Protective Factors model. In practice, PYD incorporates skills-building, opportunities for practice, and positive relationships into programs, practices and policies.

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PYD resources: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/PF_Youth_PYD-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

Colorado 9to25: http://co9to25.org/
Creates space for youth and adults to connect, share ideas and feedback, and ensure that all Colorado youth are safe, healthy, educated, connected, and contributing.

Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets: www.search-institute.org/assets
CDPHE’s PYD Resources https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/positive-youth-development

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Regional PYD Trainings:
ERYC has been contracted by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to deliver regional PYD trainings throughout Northwest Colorado. Stay tuned on free upcoming trainings online (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/colorados-positive-youth-development-training-system-15390432136) or contact Michelle Stecher, PYD trainer, to schedule a PYD training (mstecher@eagleyouth.org) 


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Eagle River Youth Coalition - Making Youth a Community Priority
Physical Address: 34520 US Highway 6, C10 | Edwards, CO 81632
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4613 | Edwards, CO 81632
Phone: 970.949.9250 | info@eagleyouth.org
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