International Positive Youth Development: Challenges and Opportunities in Policy and Practice

Lisa A. Lauxman, Thomas Archibald, Elizabeth M. Dowling, Cassandra Jessee

Abstract


This special issue of the Journal of Youth Development on international positive youth development brings together diverse perspectives of research, practice, and policy regarding the challenges and opportunities facing international efforts to promote the positive development of youth. To represent a plurality of perspectives on international PYD, the authors sought to represent a variety of continents, countries, genders, races, ethnicities, sectors, and levels of experience with publishing. There is also variety in the types of articles such as case studies, presentations of frameworks and curricula, letter-style commentary by youth, and cutting-edge research methodologies and studies. A few key themes frame the volume, including (a) diversity in definitions of youth and operationalizations of PYD; (b) the multifaceted and multidimensional ways in which PYD is integrated into different sectors, domains, and types of programmatic and organizational contexts; and (c) the importance of and need for an accessible evidence base of PYD informed by rigorous science. Thought leader commentaries are interspersed in the beginning, middle, and end of the issue. The articles represent the current state of the field of PYD internationally with an outlook toward the future and how the integration of PYD research and practice can enhance contributions of youth to equity, social justice, and democracy.


Keywords


international positive youth development; evidence base; cross-sectoral; gender; youth voice; civic engagement; conflict and crisis; integration of research and practice; LMIC; specificity principle

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2021.1138

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