Utilizing Positive Youth Development to Enhance Employability Traits for Youth with Disabilities
Vanessa Spero, Noelle Guay, and Laura Valencia, UF/IFAS Extension 4-H
Positive Youth Development (PYD) fosters an atmosphere for youth to learn prosocial behaviors through provision of learning opportunities, relationships with caring adults and peers, and promotion of independent life skills that translate into future workforce qualities. It provides opportunities for youth to develop life skills (communication, independence, responsibility, leadership) and social competency skills. Life skills are a component of employability traits with a good employee being one who can navigate new experiences, socially connect with others, and react appropriately during difficult situations.
This presentation will present PYD concepts, life skills traits, and illustrate how out of school time programs can encourage employability traits for youth with disabilities.