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At the heart of Citywide Youth Coalition’s mission is creating opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and be engaged in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Now more than four-decades old, the youth organization supports and runs programs based on the Positive Youth Development model of adolescent behavior. The model is based on research that shows when young people have a variety of experiences to learn, participate in decision making, and are supported by nurturing adults, they develop “protective factors” that help them avoid making bad decisions. Continue reading.