Empowered Resourcefulness (ER)™
A demanding situation may be perceived as threat or a challenge to perform one's best. And the difference between these two reactions is the empowered resourcefulness (ER). ER is achieved when an individual possess rewarding cognitive, behavioural, emotional, social and moral competence. It means irrespective of what external factors or situations are; one performs as he decides to achieve his goal. People with empowered resourcefulness demonstrate a high level of self-efficacy and ability to use available (internal and external) resources to handle a demanding situation with strong resiliency.

Empowered Resourcefulness (ER)™
Strength-Based Development

Strength-Based Development
Through our positive youth development programs we facilitate the youth and their contextual settings (family, school, peer group and communities/neighbourhood) with insights and learning so they provide a continuous productive support for each other towards a more resilient and productive youth development. Wherein the youth are equipped to handle the influences and win over the challenges of their lives. We are affirmative about the potential and promises our youth holds. The need is to provision them with a high sense of resourcefulness, self-trust and robust resiliency. So they build lives that have meaning and purpose in a future we can scarcely predict.

Prevention
Our positive youth development programs are based on a body of research reflecting the importance of skill-building opportunities for young people. Such opportunities are to be available to them consistently through engaging activities. It needs repeating the PYD programs to avoid the chances of youth getting into troubles and reinforcing their protective factors as per their age, experience and requirement. So a thrust is always there to empower the young people with required knowledge, attitude, skills and personal behaviour driving a positive and productive life, ensuring a healthy and successful transition to adulthood.

Prevention
Thematic Concerns

Thematic Concerns
Specific problems/concerns of youth viz. malnutrition, higher dropout rate, stress, depression, drug & substance abuse etc. when dealt with positive youth development approach has shown more encouraging and sustainable results. In India, there is huge proportion of young people (students and otherwise) who are unaware of life-skills and have no or least opportunities to learn and participate at home, at school, in community-based programs and in their neighborhoods. Such youth poses a serious threat to undo any developmental efforts initiated by the institutions of learning, families or policy makers. And thus those who have gone off course also need to be brought onboard.

Research Framework
We are India's only private research body working towards designing and providing indigenous positive youth development programs customised for Indian population. We have a team of Educationist, Sociologist, Psychologist, Academic Researcher, Nutritional Scientist and Special Educator working relentlessly to improve the education, learning and skills spectrum to meet the development needs of Indian youth; benefitting both the learner and the communities. We have developed a holistic indigenized PYD program and trainers' resource manual based upon the thorough research of positive youth development framework, delivering competence, confidence, connections, character and contribution (5Cs) to youth/adolescent. Below mentioned are the key construct of our research design. To know more about our research work, please click here

Thematic Concerns
Self-efficacy paradigm
Self-efficacy paradigm

There is no provision either in the design of the academic syllabus/curriculum, teachers' training or in the delivery of the education which involves construct of self-efficacy through institutions of learning in India. Moreover, with spooned choices and readymade solutions, the youth today is left with no inquisitiveness or industry. Know more

Character building
Character building

While there is broad consensus that a good character can be manifested through value based education. However, there is no specific mechanism to ensure that it is imparted to the students/youth in India. The schools still see this as purview of society and family whereas the students are hardly spending any time besides their lodging and boarding at their homes. Know more

Educational Learning
Educational Learning

The educational set up in India is much focused to tell learners what to learn and not how to learn. The rote learning prevails and there are few institutes promoting alternate approaches viz constructivism, conceptual learning and guided discovery method of learning. But such approach is limited to a minimal population of learners. Know more

School Health Program
School Health Program

Many academic institutions in India have health programs running either through a third agency or with in-house faculty. But these health program are majorly limited to being physical education programs, hygiene programs or adolescence education programs which is far less to the approach of coordinated school health programs. Know more

Life-Skills Education
Life-Skills Education

There is some good work done in this area. Nevertheless, the approach of such life skills education program is still preventive or thematic. The life skills education in India does not cater for the learning skills, personal skills, and global outlook nor adopts collaborative approach (it does not involve the family or community) towards youth development. Know more

Psycho-educational insights
Psycho-educational insights

Though during teachers' training, the learning syllabus provides insights of educational science and psychology to the teachers. But teachers due to the lack of system/management support, research and innovative strategies, and often chasing marks tally, are unable to practice these insights and benefit the students. Know more

Parents' involvement
Parents' involvement

There are a very few institutes which involves parents in the decision making process. Presently the interaction between the school management and parents is just limited to PTA meetings only. As a system, there are no guidelines about the structure of the management promoting and acknowledging optimum parental involvement. Know more

Community building program
Community building program

The biggest community building exercise in India is festival celebrations and taking out religious processions. Though few NGOs are doing praise worthy work in this area involving local communities. But at school, family and neighbourhood level, people are ignorant and our nation is deprived of the positive changes, community building activities can bring into people's lives. Know more

School Psychology
School Psychology

Till date, there is no college/university providing a degree program in school psychology. Whereas, world over the school psychology is increasingly used by the institutions of learning to use insights of educational science and psychology facilitating students to do well in their scholastic and co-scholastic activities. Thus, the youth is deprived of the science and practice of school psychology in India.
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Resiliency building measures
Resiliency building measures

It's the time of forced confidence without much attention paid to competence or capacity building. None wants to talk about failure and everyone wants to be a leader; being a follower is disgusted. Having huge aspiration and least scope of realty check and improvisation; the youth today is perplexed and getting burnout early. Know more