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Positive Youth Development Program


Mercy International Positive Youth Development Program is a broad approach that aims to build the competencies, skills,a nd abilities ofyouth that they need to grow and flourish throughout life. The approach flows from the principle of building mutually beneficial relationships between youth and their family, peer groups, school, workplace, community, other government institutions, society, and culture to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their knowledge, interests, skills, and abilities. 

We do this by organizing training and conferences, creating opportunities for leadership development, training, mentorship, and by increasing participants' exposure to supportive and empowering environments where activities create multiple opportunities for a range of skill-building and horizon-broadening experiences.

Multiple factors influence how youth develop, thrive, or struggle. Recognizing youth development as a function of and interaction between complex environments and systems can help us better respond to youth needs and development. Listed below are three core areas of youth development addressed by the Positive Youth Development Program:

1. Leader development.

2. Mentoring, counseling, and tutoring.

3. Facilitating community engagement and support. 


Develop life skills through skill-building activities within individuals, family, peers, and community involvement.

  • Train youth in life skills.

  • Support youth participation in technical and academic skill-building.

  • Provide youth opportunities that enable them to experience mastery or competence.

  • Create opportunities within the community for youth to participate in internships and apprenticeships with local employers.

  • Create community service opportunities to foster skill-building.

  • Create youth support group activities.

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