This curriculum, developed as part of the PAClife project, is aimed at practitioners working with young people and is a 20 hour course (with a minimum of 8 hours delivery – the Core Modules, to be used with young people directly) and includes two sections on Positive Youth Development (PYD) and activities developed to encourage building resilience in this area and is underpinned by the 5s of PYD.
PAClife is informed by Positive Youth Development (PYD), a practice-based approach to working with young people, that acknowledges the potential inherent within all young people. This includes behavioural skills, cultivating new interests, developing cognitive abilities, increasing resilience, and establishing social relationships. It is holistic, accentuating the positive traits of young people as they interact with their families, schools, and communities in order to lead healthy lives.
The 5Cs provide a framework to develop the strengths of young people. A person working with a young person – for example, a sports coach, youth worker, mentor etc., can use the five interrelated developmental areas identified in the diagram below, to explore and promote personal growth. PYD differs from most other resilience-based practice methodologies in that its primary focus is exclusively on developing the strengths of young people. As a person working with young people you will be able to work with them to decide which of the 5C factors require input, to assist in developing their resilience and specific skills young people need to acquire to be successful in their volunteering practices. Choose an activity from the PAClife training guide according to the C factor required to work on with a young person or group of young people.