PYD Initiatives

PYD Initiatives

Positive Youth Development Initiatives (PYD) 

Positive Youth Development: Erie's 40 Assets

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As a subcommittee of the Erie County Policy & Planning Council for Children and Families (PPC), PYD utilizes the 40 Developmental Asset framework developed by the Search Institute. PYD works to address the priority protective factors. PYD related activities and functions aim to empower youth by promoting and sustaining these protective factors and building relevant skills.

PYD 2017 Action Plan

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For more information, contact:

  • Abigail Biebel, B.S., PYD Coordinator, 814-898-6297,
  • James Hodge, Ph.D. Candidate, Director of Evaluation & PYD Coordinator, 814-898-6297,

Positive Youth Development Framework

Positive Youth Development is a framework developed by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, the Director of Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tuffs University.

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The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development

Dr. Richard M. Lerner is a PCA National Advisory Board Member and professor of psychology at Tufts University, occupying the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science. Also at Tufts, he directs the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. In this video clip, Dr. Lerner talks about the 5 C's of Positive Youth Development.

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