Helping Refugee Youth Find the Right Path
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services (BRYCS)
Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
2007 Summer, 6 pages
The following spotlight article provides a brief overview of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) model, and specifically, how art and sports can be utilized to encourage the positive development of youth. Refugee and immigrant youth facing the challenges of acculturation on top of the trials and transformations of adolescence may be well-served by programs that use a positive youth development approach. Programs that use this model with foreign-born youth draw on the protective factors and social assets of the youth's native and new cultures in order to keep them on the path to success in the U.S.