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Up your PYD practice!

The 4‑H PYD Academy equips 4‑H professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate high-quality 4‑H programs that help youth thrive.

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Upcoming PYD Academy dates

Access, Equity and Belonging: Strategies and Resources for Creating Safe and Relevant Spaces in Positive Youth Development Work

January 10, 2024

Supporting Volunteers Using the Thriving Model

February 14, 2024

4-H PYD Academy - Supporting Youth Resiliency

May 7-9, 2024

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Access, Equity and Belonging: Strategies and Resources for Creating Safe and Relevant Spaces in Positive Youth Development Work

The goal for this session is for participants to feel empowered to better understand diverse communities, working towards developing, implementing and evaluating programs with equity and inclusion as core components. Led by members of the Access, Equity and Belonging Committee, this virtual session will address key competencies needed to serve diverse audiences in a meaningful way.

Date: January 10, 2024
Location: Virtual

Supporting Volunteers Using the Thriving Model

This PYD Academy is intended for all professionals who plan, deliver, support, and oversee camping programs including front-line educators, faculty, center and/or facility staff, volunteers, specialists, and program leaders. The academy will focus on the importance of implementing positive youth development practices in camp programming. This includes where and how to infuse positive youth development into the camper experience and in the youth leadership training experience.

Date: February 14, 2024
Location: Virtual

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Helping Youth THRIVE

  • Sparks: Providing a place where youth can find and explore what sparks their interest.
  • Belonging: Creating spaces of belonging—where ALL kids feel welcome and physically and emotionally safe.
  • Relationships: Nurturing positive, supportive and empowering relationships between youth and adults and youth and their peers.
  • Engagement: Challenging and encouraging youth to pursue their own learning and growth. Promoting active engagement where youth have a voice.

In Partnership with PLWG and NAE4‑HYDP

PYD Academies are brought to you by the 4‑H Standing Committee on Positive Youth Development, a PLWG chartered committee. The purpose of the committee is to advance the science and research foundation of positive youth development across the 4‑H system. 4‑H PYD Academies are produced in collaboration with the National Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) and with the convening and financial support of National 4‑H Council.


For questions regarding PYD Academies, please contact Janet Golden.