Positive Youth Development and Communities: Practices that Work and the Potential for Community Development

  • Evan Webb
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


The mechanisms present in recreational settings that help them achieve PYD outcomes in youth participants and the connection between PYD endeavours and youth’s constructive contributions to their communities are not often addressed within the leisure literature. To address the former, this chapter describes a series of inputs (contextual factors and assets) and implementation strategies that have been uncovered in research that has started to recognize the importance of highlighting ‘how’ recreational settings can bring about developmental benefits for the youth involved. For the latter, the connection between PYD-based recreation and youth’s sense of community stewardship are discussed. Specifically, several life skills and positive characteristics that youth can gain from programs can build upon their capacity and willingness to be contributors to their community’s development.


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  • Evan Webb
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  1. 1.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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