Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Youth Development Ideology Horoscope

Youth Development Ideology Horoscope

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Youth workers guide and work with youth in a variety of ways. While some youth workers assume the role of a positive leader or mentor, others youth workers may allow youth to lead to discussions, ideas, and foster youth empowerment.

According to the Youth Development Ideology Horoscope, there are three main concepts of how youth workers work with youth. These three concepts include:
1. Risk, Resiliency and Prevention
2. Positive Youth Development
3. Critical Youth Development

After taking the Inventory Quiz, I classified myself as a positive youth development worker.

Positive Youth Development workers "focus on fostering strengths and positive growth." I definitely value and agree with these results. As a youth worker, I am constantly pointing out youth strengths and the positive differences they are making within their communities, Positive reinforcement is a part of positive youth development. It is important for youth workers to always speak to youth in a positive way even in difficult situations.  I am a firm believer that pointing out a youths strengths empowers youth to work harder and decreases negative behaviors. Every child has values and "assets" that should be empowered. 


  1. Hi Lauren, I liked your post! I also feel connected to the Positive Youth Development philosophy, although I feel most strongly allied to the Critical Youth Development philosophy. I like how you used the horoscope picture on your post. It's pretty. Take care, Madelin

  2. Hi Lauren,

    I like your perspective on giving and speaking to youth in a positive manner in difficult situations. I also like your idea that pointing out their strengths reinforces positive behavior. Nice blog!

  3. Hi Lauren,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I also agree that all youth possess assets, values and strengths that should be fostered and empowered.
    P.S I’m also a positive youth development worker.

    1. Hey Lauren!

      I love that you pinpoint the importance of positive reinforcement. I tend to forget that it is important to constantly remind kids of the good they are doing, especially because I teach music and I want the students to get better at their instrument. Thanks for reminding me about making positive comments! :)