Theme of the Conference:

Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. The conditions for healthy youth development and positive youth development responsibility is shared by families, schools, and communities. Youth leadership is an important part of the youth development process.

There are a few elements essential to healthy youth development which can be identified as physical and emotional safety of the young; experiencing belonging and ownership; developing self-worth; discovering self; developing quality relationship with peers and adults; discussing about conflicting values; pride and accountability that come with achievement and mastery and expanding their capacity to both enjoy and succeed in life. These elements need further analysis

Positive youth development programmes engage young people in intentional, productive and constructive ways, while recognizing and enhancing their strengths. These programmes promote positive outcomes by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and giving the support needed to build on their strengths as well as prevent risky behaviours.

Today the young people are becoming stakeholders of their own development. They are often victims of social injustice, inequity, consumerism and economic crises. Poverty and unemployment have made young people more vulnerable. Social Media has become almost addictive for the young people today. It is in this context that we need approaches and methodologies which are exponential and innovative.  We need to look at emerging trends and alternative approaches which have altered the lives of young people in diverse cultural and social settings.