About Us

Office on Youth Vision

A community where all youth reaches their highest potential.

Office on Youth Mission

The mission of the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth (Office on Youth) is to promote collaborative efforts among youth and family service agencies to encourage positive youth development for youth in our community.

Positive Youth Development

The Office on Youth utilizes the 40 Developmental Assets® framework for youth development that identifies 40 positive supports and strengths children and youth need to thrive.  Youth and family programs of the Office on Youth are designed to build the 40 Developmental Assets in children and youth.

In 1990, the Search Institute introduced the 40 Developmental Assets® framework, which integrates insights from fields of prevention, resilience, and youth development to identify critical relationships, opportunities, and personal strengths young people need to thrive.

Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the 40 Developmental Assets framework identifies:

  • The supports, opportunities, and relationships young people need across all aspects of their lives, and
  • The personal skills, self-perceptions, and values they need to make good choices, take responsibility for their own lives, and be independent and fulfilled.

The assets are divided into external and internal assets.  The 20 External Assets are the positive experiences young people receive from the world around them: schools, religious affiliations, recreational clubs, youth organizations, neighborhoods, and families.  The 20 Internal Assets are the positive qualities that young people develop themselves to help them make thoughtful and positive choices and better handle life situations that challenge their inner strength and confidence.

When youth have more assets, they are:

  • More likely to thrive now and in the future.
  • Less likely to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors.
  • More likely to be resilient in the face of challenges.

Over time, studies of more than 5 million young people consistently show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.

History

The Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth (OOY) was formed in 1978 with the purpose of crossing government and organizational boundaries to foster collaborative efforts to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop youth programs.

OOY staff accomplish this through a balance of direct service to youth and active support of other government and community agencies.

Struggling youth and families need a scaffold of services around them to lift them out of their current situation. The OOY is part of the community’s scaffold of services that support struggling youth and families.

OOY staff have the single thought, “How can we help make youth succeed?” To that end, staff work with schools, social services, and the juvenile courts to provide the additional resources and supports struggling youth and families need.

Funders

The OOY has many partnerships with other youth-serving organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, local businesses, and area non-profits. It is through these partnerships that many of the programs offered are made possible.

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