positive youth development

3 Sources of Positive Youth Development, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

3 Sources of Positive Youth Development

Do you ever wonder how children grow up to be happy, fulfilled, and engaged in life?   While there are no easy answers, research shows that three things make a big difference.  First, children need positive life experiences that engage them in meaningful activities.  Second, they need adults who help […]

Self-Awareness
Character Development: A Role for Community Leaders, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Character Development: A Role for Community Leaders

Coaches and community leaders educate by example. You might know a baseball coach who motivates kids to succeed off the field as well as during games.  Or a pastor or rabbi who listens intently without judgment when kids struggle to figure out who they are. These people are gifts in […]

Integrity
How Families Develop Character in Children, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

How Families Develop Character in Children

Parents and families play a key role in character development. Parents who create positive home learning environments know that communicating about academics and homework is important.  They also understand that family values get passed from one generation to the next.  But how we instill values and character strengths in kids […]

Self-Awareness
Why Character Counts, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Why Character Counts

It’s simple. Character counts because character increases well-being and leads to a life of fulfillment.  It is widely acknowledged that character  –not beauty, high test scores, or wealth – account for life satisfaction. So how do children develop character during their academic climb from kindergarten through high school? Educational goals […]

Resilience
Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students

Meet Maria Rosa Reifler, a fifth grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary School in East Los Angeles who gives her students more than core curriculum.  She teaches them about the value of living a life that matters. I’m struck with how Mrs. Reifler models the concepts of positive youth development in the […]

Integrity