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Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI)

May 23 - May 24

The 10th Annual Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) will be held on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine. This regional event has a strong following and regularly draws presenters and participants from throughout New England and beyond.


Conference Purpose: To enable adults who work with young people to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and research that support effective youth engagement and overall youth development. An emphasis will be given to practical strategies shown to result in meaningful change. This year’s event will focus on summer engagement of youth in meaningful programs that effectively build the characteristics outlined in Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success, published by the Wallace Foundation and developed by RAND Corporation. This report updates 2013 guidance to school district leaders and their partners across the country who are interested in launching summer learning programs or improving established ones.


Audience:  Educators, administrators, community members, afterschool program staff/directors, youth development program staff, juvenile justice workers, and any other youth-serving professionals or volunteers.


Keynote Speakers:

DAY ONE: Dr. Catherine Augustine, RAND Corporation will open the conference. Dr. Augustine is one of the primary authors of Getting to Work on Summer Learning and in her keynote address, she will discuss the major findings of the report and their implications for new and established summer learning programs, regardless of their setting.


DAY TWO: Tristan Love, who became the youngest vice-principal in Houston ISD at age 26 and currently serves as principal of a Colorado Springs Middle School at age 29, will provide a powerful keynote address. In his presentation, Tristan will discuss how he went from a gang member to successful student with the guidance of caring, principled adults.


May 23
May 24
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