Positive Youth Development / Community Service

Positive Youth Development refers to intentional efforts of youth, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities. PYD is used in scientific literature and by practitioners who work with youth to refer to programs designed to optimize developmental progress.

When someone performs an action which benefits their community, it is known as community service. Some people associate community service with punishment, since it is often offered to small-time offenders as an alternative to fines or jail time. However, community service can also be altruistic, and it is a vital part of many small communities.

Getting involved in your community makes it healthier and livelier, and numerous organizations around the world support community service activities.

Programs Offered

  • Youth employment service
  • Life skills training
  • Rocky Hill Garden Program
  • Parent education and support are provided collaboratively within surrounding towns; guest speakers and organizations present on a variety of topics
  • Positive Youth Development and Leadership Development programs are offered on an ongoing basis
  • COPS and KIDS After School Program
  • Rocky Hill Adventure Program (RHAP)
  • Volunteer Awards: programs that run throughout the year