POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND YOUTH LEARNING AS ENABLERS IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

This paper examines the relevance of positive youth development in developing youth leadership for the nation. But it also argues that to facilitate positive youth development, youth learning approaches are important. It discusses the concept and process of learning and how youth learning should be approached such as mentoring, coaching, facilitation, reflection and experimental learning. At the same time, it also proposes that youth learning requires youth programmes as a platform. It been discusses the types and approaches of youth programming and proposes the requisites for youth programme development. The paper then proposes the use of logic model programming that identifies programme outcomes and impacts and hoe the process works. However, since any programme needs leadership, the authors propose a new model of youth leadership where the focus of leadership is on the achievements of the youth which is a bottoms up approach rather than the traditional top-down form a leadership. These new ideas in youth development approaches are meant for policy makers and youth programmes to consider so that it can contribute to positive youth development.

Keywords : Positive youth development, youth assets, youth learning, logic model programming, youth leadership.

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