The Finance Project has released an August 2009 report entitled: “A Guide to Effective Investments in Positive Youth Development.” The brief reviews the research on “what works” to promote positive youth development and it provides decision makers with background information for making good investment decisions.
The brief discusses the effects of various program- and system-level strategies on key outcomes for youth in an effort to shed light on how to invest limited resources to achieve desired outcomes. Examples of effective youth programs are highlighted, as are efforts to build strong systems that support youth development.