History of the Framework

The Community Action for Youth Development Framework, developed by Dr. Michelle Gambone and Dr. James Connell, shows how community-based activities (including those of youth organizations) can provide supports and opportunities that, in turn,Click here for a list of publications about the Framework influence youth’s developmental accomplishments and eventually their success as adults.

The Community Action Framework for Youth Development builds on three main sources:

Existing frameworks that are currently influential in shaping the field’s thinking on youth development

Academic theory and research

Lessons learned in the field

The Framework reorganizes the information acquired from these sources into an action-oriented approach for planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and investments for youth.

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