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Resiliency research as well as the emergence of the 40 Developmental Assets identified by Search Institute, a leader, and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed, have contributed to the basic framework for Positive Youth Development (PYD). The framework includes:

  • Connections – having positive relationships
  • Confidence – believing in yourself
  • Character – having values and morals
  • Contribution – feeling you can make a difference
  • Caring – showing sensitivity to feelings of others.

Aurora Youth Options (AYO) works with Aurora middle- and high school-aged youth and their families to navigate, connect, and provide positive individualized resources for success. AYO adheres to the principals of PYD in providing young people opportunities to enhance their unique abilities and talents.

Program participants have opportunities to learn about and get involved in community activities and programs. The goal is that young people in the AYO program will gain the life skills and confidence necessary for personal success and happiness. AYO provides personalized support and nurturing to each participant.

The AYO Mentoring Program matches adult volunteers with young people based on mutual interest and personality traits. Trained mentors serve as teachers, advocates, and positive role models while developing friendships with participants. Following PYD principles, these caring adults help young people develop their strengths and achieve their individual goals.

AYO also offers homework help and personalized tutoring. In a safe and encouraging environment, young people can interact with volunteer adults and peer tutors to get the assistance needed.

Learn more about this program by reading the brochure found here.

To enroll in AYO, an interested young person and their parent/guardian should come to our Wednesday drop-in night from 4-6 p.m. Community members are encouraged to nominate youth, or call AYO at 303.617.2660 to make arrangements. To learn more, visit www.aurorayouthoptions.org

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