Integrating Positive Youth Development into PREP Programming

Integrating Positive Youth Development into PREP Programming

PREP Studies of Performance Measures and Adulthood Preparation Subjects, OPRE Report #2021-19
Published: Feb 01, 2021
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Associated Project

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

Time frame: 2011–2020

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families


Kristin A. Moore

Andrea Vazzano

Isabel Griffith

Mindy E. Scott

Deana Around Him

Key Findings
  • Tailoring APS programming to pregnant and parenting youth can help them navigate adult responsibilities and establish a healthy family.
  • Skill building in such topics as life skills, healthy relationships, and parent—child communication can help youth with making decisions, establishing a healthy environment for their child, and meeting financial, educational, or career goals.
  • By using the APS conceptual models, grantees can build a framework to develop APS programming that can best meet the needs of the pregnant and parenting youth they serve.

This brief provides Personal Responsibility Education Program grantees and other practitioners implementing the adulthood preparation subjects (APSs) with an overview of the key concepts and evidence base for Positive Youth Development (PYP). It examines the value of a PYD approach in relation to the APSs and provides guidance on how to incorporate PYD into existing programming to improve program outcomes. The guidance is a part of a ongong effort to develop conceptual models to help PREP grantees and other practitioners implement the APSs, as well as a unified framework that cuts across subjects. The conceptual models are to help PREP grantees understand and select APSs, develop APS-related content, and target specific outcomes in their programs.

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