Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a practice that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities, and authentic relationships into programs, practices, and policies so that young people reach their full potential.

The 5 principles of PYD include: strength based, inclusive, engage youth as partners, collaborative, and sustainable. These principles help guide adults towards supporting adolescents in ways that are developmentally appropriate, with an end goal of helping youth transition into adulthood successfully.