Measuring Positive Youth Development: The Development of a State Benchmark

In Oregon, recent efforts by a group of state agencies and community partners led to the adoption of a Positive Youth Development (PYD) benchmark by the Oregon Progress Board in 2006. In this paper, we describe the process of creating the state benchmark and present research evidence showing strong relationships that link high levels of PYD to reduced levels of risk behaviors and increased levels of positive, healthy behaviors among Oregon youth.
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Robert J. Nystrom, Adriana Prata, and Sarah Knipper Ramowski