ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

PYD 101 Online Courses

PYD 101 Online CoursesPositive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. It is based on, and can be used to supplement, the training curriculum Positive Youth Development 101 by Jutta Dotterweich. The online courses were created by Jutta Dotterweich and Karen Schantz of the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, together with members of the Cornell University Social Media Lab.

These stand-alone, interactive courses may be taken in any order. Each course can be completed in about 30 minutes. Courses are open to all; registration is required. There are currently four courses available:

Principles of PYD
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the principles of the PYD approach
  • Strategize ways to put these principles into action

Puberty and Adolescence
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the major physical changes and developmental tasks of adolescence
  • Identify specific challenges that some youth face when going through puberty and adolescence
  • Explain risk taking in the context of brain development

Youth and Technology
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe current trends in teen online behavior
  • Identify key features of the internet and its implications for online behavior
  • Describe the impact of social media on adolescent well-being and development
  • Describe ways to build digital literacy and citizenship skills in youth

Youth Voice and Engagement
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify meaningful roles for young people
  • Describe expressions of adultism and ways to address them
  • Identify approaches to prepare youth and adults for working together as equitable partners
To get started, visit www.pyd101.net.

This project is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Smith Lever project 2015-16-143.