Framework for Community Youth Development
Community Youth Development (CYD) is the process of young people being engaged in meaningful participation through planning, decision-making, and program delivery in our governments, organizations, institutions, and communities. While encouraging the gifts and talents of individual young people, CYD places equal focus on the investment of these assets in the community. Individual youth and adults, organizations, and communities all benefit when youth are engaged as full and active participants. Heartwood’s Framework for Community Youth Development supports the engagement of young people in community building by identifying core values, program tools, and community resources. This was presented at the Parks and Recreation Ontario 2004 Annual Education Forum.