Yfoundations has identified Safety and Stability, Home and Place, Health and Wellness, Connections and Education and Employment as vital to the growth and development of all young people. Each foundation represents an important component of a young person’s developmental process.
Safety and Stability is the initial foundation pursued.From this place of stability, subsequent foundations, in the order listed above, may then be attained. Although we suggest that the framework for cultivating Youth Wellbeing follows this distinct pathway, it also highlights the importance of tackling youth development holistically. The foundations work across systems and are interrelated.
Yfoundations believes that with access to mechanisms that support the development and attainment of each foundation, a young person is more likely to enter adulthood with the skills, interests, competencies and healthy behaviours necessary to realise, and attain their full potential, and build a productive and bright future.
It is vital that all young people not only feel safe, but are actually protected from risk factors that may impede their developmental process. Young people must have the internal and external mechanisms that will enable them to build the confidence and independence that is necessary to actively participate in and contribute to their communities.
It is vital that all young people have access to a safe, non-judgemental Home and Place. A comfortable place that they identify with and belong to. A Home and Place should be an environment that promotes growth and fosters positive development.
It is vital that all young people, particularly during the formative stages of their growth and development, are physically, socially and emotionally well. To ensure this, young people must have access to all the necessary prerequisites for achieving health and wellness. Being well and feeling healthy will promote self-worth and ensure young people feel competent to participate in their communities.
It is vital that all young people are given the opportunity to develop and nurture the connections in their lives. Connections to friends, family, community and society promote resilience and social inclusion. Connections ensure that young people are protected from damaging and risky behaviours during a formative developmental stage.
It is vital that all young people are given the opportunity to pursue their educational and professional goals. Education and training is crucial to the growth and development of young people. Education and training, including formal tuition and practical life skills, promotes self-confidence and independence and provides young people with the skills and competencies necessary to enter adulthood.