Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. The conditions for healthy youth development and positive youth development responsibility is shared by families, schools, and communities. Youth leadership is an important part of the youth development process.

There are a few elements essential to healthy youth development which can be identified as physical and emotional safety of the young; experiencing belonging and ownership; developing self-worth; discovering self; developing quality relationship with peers and adults; discussing about conflicting values; pride and accountability that come with achievement and mastery and expanding their capacity to both enjoy and succeed in life. These elements need further analysis

Positive youth development programmes engage young people in intentional, productive and constructive ways, while recognizing and enhancing their strengths. These programmes promote positive outcomes by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and giving the support needed to build on their strengths as well as prevent risky behaviours.

Today the young people are becoming stakeholders of their own development. They are often victims of social injustice, inequity, consumerism and economic crises. Poverty and unemployment have made young people more vulnerable. Social Media has become almost addictive for the young people today. It is in this context that we need approaches and methodologies which are exponential and innovative.  We need to look at emerging trends and alternative approaches which have altered the lives of young people in diverse cultural and social settings.

Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2017-01-13

Abstract submission deadline:2016-12-31

Topics of submission

Emerging Trends in Youth Development (Best Practices & Sustainable Models)
Sub Themes ( For Paper & Poster Presentation)
Youth Development – Education and Skill Development Intervention

  • Livelihood promotion

  • Vocational training and skills development

  • Educational and career counselling

  • Promoting entrepreneurship

  • Life skills development

  • Employability skills development

  • Inclusive education for marginalized youth

  • Use of ICT in youth development

  • Social media and youth development

Youth Development – Physical Wellbeing Perspective

  • Personal hygiene and sanitation

  • Physical fitness and wellbeing

  • adolescent reproductive health

  • adolescent reproductive rights

  • road safety practices

  • healthy diets and lifestyles

  • health issues of youth – alcohol and drug abuse

Youth Development – Psychological Wellbeing Perspective

  • Social responsibility

  • Youth leadership

  • Youth and governance

  • National integration and strengthening eclectic nature

  • Pride in nationalism

  • Service learning

  • Volunteerism

  • Youth advocacy

Youth Development – Role Of Stakeholders

  • Family

  • Community

  • Civil societies

  • Government

  • Youth workers

  • Youth policies

  • Youth Development Index

Youth Development – Inclusive Approach

  • Inclusive education for the marginalized people and ethnic minorities

  • Working with youth at risk

  • Initiatives for preventing youth trafficking

  • Migrant youth

  • Youth with disabilities


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  • Dr. J. Henry Rozario