Your one-stop-shop for all things PYD

super six graphicPositive Youth Development (PYD) is a transformative approach that reshapes how we interact with children and youth, unlocking their potential and promoting their well-being. PYD isn't just a program or curriculum; it’s about us, as adults, adopting behaviors that support every aspect of a child’s development – social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Grounded in evidence, PYD is about meeting young people where they are, recognizing their strengths, and providing them with the support they need to thrive. As supportive adults in their journey, we provide children and youth with meaningful opportunities to build relationships, engage in new experiences, and grow and thrive in safe environments.

PYD Video Series

This collection is your brief guide to the Super 6 essentials of PYD. Consider the Super 6 as the "how to do PYD."


Our Y's Role

As champions of youth mental health and well-being, the YMCA of San Diego County is embracing a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach across our youth-serving programs. Our programs go beyond the activity, they’re designed to create a place of promise, safety, and connection where children and youth feel seen, encouraged, and cared for.

Introducing the Super Six

Discover the Super 6 principles of Positive Youth Development (PYD) in our video series tailored for our team members. Learn how to nurture young minds into tomorrow's leaders by fostering a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and resilience.



Tiana Hopkins, LCSW
Tiana Hopkins is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience in the mental health field. As the Positive Youth Development Director at the YMCA of San Diego County, Tiana prioritizes building strong relationships and fosters an environment where teams can learn, grow, and enhance their skills in working alongside youth.

Jaqui Karran
Jacqui has 15 years of experience in designing, delivering, and managing innovative youth and family community services. With a passion for youth empowerment, Jacqui is dedicated to fostering the growth, resilience, and well-being of all young people. 

Genevieve Schoenherr
Genevieve Schoenherr specializes in evaluating projects and programs, particularly in the Juvenile Justice field through a Restorative Justice lens. With 20 years of experience playing basketball and being supported by coaches and mentors, Genevieve deeply understands the positive impact supportive adults can have on youth.

Greg Erickson
Greg Erickson is a team builder and program developer with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Inspired by his upbringing and the importance of seeing everyone for who they are, Greg is passionate about implementing PYD principles to create inclusive and supportive environments for youth.

Kristina “TK” Halmai-Gillan, LMFT
With a background as a Marriage and Family therapist, Kristina “TK” emphasizes the power of compassion and connection in promoting well-being. Committed to ensuring every child feels seen and accepted, TK brings her expertise in therapy to support the holistic development of young people through PYD principles.



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  • This playlist is designed to motivate, educate, and transform the way you approach youth mental health and well-being. The YMCA is committed to help children discover their strengths so they become confident and resilient individuals.



  • Download, Print, and Display this colorful poster of weekly intentions. Our team created easy acronyms for each weekday that focus on mindfulness, communication, growth, teamwork, and friendship.



  • Download, Print, and Distribute this award to show your recognition to team members who have become a shining example of the Super Six! 



  • Download, Print, and Distribute this award certificate to youth participants to encourage them to grow and build the skills they have learned. 



  • Hello Insights is a partner to the Y's PYD Strategic Priority. They have put together a website of additional resources. Enjoy!  



  • Access this Slide Deck to introduce the Positive Youth Development approach to board members, community partners, or anyone else interested in learning more!