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Youth Empowerment

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

We are committed to helping youth reach their highest potential through a variety of life-transforming programs.

TSDLYB Youth Empowerment Program is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their life and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

TSDLYB Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life.

TSDLYB Youth Empowerment Program focuses on processes that enable participation; enhance control through shared decision making; and create opportunities to learn, practice, and increase skills.

Our Youth empowerment program is aimed at creating healthier and higher qualities of life for underprivileged, minority or at-risk youth.

The five competencies of a healthy youth are: positive sense of self, self-control, decision-making skills, a moral system of belief, and prosocial connectedness.

Through these dimensions of empowerment, our programs can work on empowering youth in one or more aspects of their lives. Psychological empowerment enhances individual's consciousness, belief in self-efficacy, awareness, and knowledge of problems and solutions and of how individuals can address problems that harm their quality of life. This dimension aims to create self-confidence and give youth the skills to acquire knowledge.

Community empowerment focuses on enhancing the community through leadership development, improving communication, and creating a network of support to mobilize the community to address concerns.

Organizational empowerment aims to create a base of resources for a community, including voluntary organizations, unions and association that aim to protect, promote and advocate for the powerless.

Economic empowerment teaches entrepreneurial skills, how to take ownership of their assets and how to have income security.

Social empowerment teaches youth about social inclusion and literacy as well as helping kids find the resources to be proactive in their communities.

Cultural empowerment aims to recreate cultural practices and redefine cultural rules and norms for youth.

Our empowerment theory focuses on processes that enable participation; enhance control through shared decision making; and create opportunities to learn, practice, and increase skills. Empowerment theory suggests that engaging youth in prosocial, meaningful, and community-enhancing activities that the youth themselves define and control, helps youth gain vital skills, responsibilities, and confidence necessary to become productive and healthy adults Youth empowerment programs thrive in positive developmental settings. Positive developmental settings promote youth competence, confidence and connections. Two features of the positive developmental youth settings are supportive relationships and support for efficacy and mattering. Supportive relationships are those that are between youth and non-familial adults that foster trust and respect. Support for efficacy and mattering specifically focuses on youth being active, instrumental agents of change in their communities, collective decision-making and adults listen to and respect their voice.

The beneficial outcomes to youth empowerment programs are improved social skills, improved behavior, increased academic achievement, increased self-esteem and increased self-efficacy. When youth participate in established empowerment programs they see a variety of benefits. The practices of youth involvement and empowerment become embedded within the organizational culture and the community culture. Adults and organizations also benefit from empowerment programs. They both become more connected and responsive to youth in the community, which leads to program improvements as well as increased participation from youth.

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