POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
At YOUmedia Hartford, youth come first. That's why there are no adults and no little kids allowed in the space during open hours. That's why we are mentors instead of expert teachers. That's why we operate on values of trust and inclusion. And for all of the above reasons youth come to our space to take risks, learn skills, connect with new people, access resources, converse with adults, and meet friends.
Dear teens, come as you are. Love, mgmt :)