New youth program framework to enhance young lives—07 December 2017

New research supported by the Australian Research Council is leading to a strengths-based approach to youth development programs that is set to revolutionise the practice in Australia.

Led by Dr Kathryn Seymour from the Griffith Criminology Institute, the framework was developed within the Queensland Youth Development Research Project involving eight Queensland youth organisations.

Based around six principles: learning and development; leadership and decision-making; inclusive ethos; community service; partnerships and ethical promotion, it offers youth program providers new ways to constructively engage and retain young people.

The youth organisations involved in the project are: Impact: Youth Organisations Reducing Crime, the Boys’ Brigade, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, the Emergency Services Cadets Program, Girl Guides Queensland, Lions Clubs International Leo Clubs, The Police Citizens Youth Clubs and Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Dr Seymour’s study was funded by the Australian Research Council and the Queensland Government Department of Communities.

Media issued by Griffith University.


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Original Published Date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017