How do we do it?

Our positive youth development approach helps young people build key life skills.

Through an evidenced-based positive youth development approach, Youth Foundation empowers young people to identify and develop opportunities through which positive change for both themselves and their community can happen.

Key to this is the provision of regular and varied: positive experiences + positive relationships + positive environments , which we recognise as vital for the development of resilient, healthy and positive adults.

Through Youth Foundation projects, participants build such vital skills as:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Social Competency
  • Co-operation
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Positive Values
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Planning and Organisation

Youth Foundation values and supports young people’s voice, their ideas, their wisdom, their stories, their passions and their creativity, recognising that when we empower young people to share and realise their ideas, change can be made.

 “Keep fighting as hard as you can. Your voices are so important. Your stories have truly changed hearts and minds.” Tommy Murray, 21, who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School during 2012


Photo credit: Rodney Dekker