Youth Activities

northwestgardens_youth-4Today, youth are exposed to a variety of alarming risky behaviors that include youth violence, teen pregnancy, school dropout, isolation and substance abuse. Traditionally, organizations, schools, and communities have conducted programs that seek to prevent or reduce particular behaviors. However, current research suggests that a more effective approach is to provide programs and activities that encourage positive development in youth. Positive youth development is highly related to the decrease in the involvement with risky behaviors.

Youth who have experienced positive development have the following characteristics:

  • Feel physically and emotionally safe
  • Feel belonging and ownership
  • Feel a strong sense of self-worth
  • Have experienced quality relationships with peers and adults
  • Have the opportunity to discuss and develop their own value
  • Have a sense of hope and purpose for their future


Youth participation in programs and activities, like organized sports, youth groups, and clubs has been found to be an important part of enhancing positive development. As youth develop, they need positive environments that offer the opportunity to build important internal resources.


YMCA Tutoring Program @ NW GARDENS (III)

Youth Resources

Youth Leadership:

ULBC Youth Education Programs:

Watch the latest student programming on BECON TV:

Broward County Innovative Youth Education Programs:

PBS Kids: Free Online Youth Activities and Games:

Khan Academy: a personalized learning resource for all ages offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

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