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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

4-H PYD Academy
Camp Experiences for Youth to Thrive

April 25 - 27

Fall 2023 PYD Academy
PYD Spotlight Day

October 9
Pittsburgh, PA at NAE4-HYDP


4-H PYD Academy: Camp Experiences for Youth to Thrive

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: April 25-27, 2023
Location: Virtual
$250 (see the registration page for more scholarship information)


Fall PYD Academy: PYD Spotlight Day

Join us for a day focused on positive youth development as we build our capacity to help youth thrive in 4-H – now more than ever before! On this day we welcome Karen Pittman co-founder and former CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment to talk about PYD for a new generation of youth – a generation that has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic and other social disruptions. We will also hear from our 4-H national leaders on their efforts to promote and build PYD across the 4-H system.

The spotlight day includes a light breakfast, plenary session, keynote address, national partner updates and kick-off meetings for three PYD academies! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the science and practice of PYD.

Following the plenary session, three PYD Academy Opportunities will be offered, all kicking off as part of the PYD Spotlight Day on Monday, October 9 in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • PYD Foundations for Early Career 4-H Professionals
  • Program Planning and Evaluation for PYD Impact
  • PYD for All at NAE4-HYDP

More information coming soon.

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.