The 5 guiding principles

Are underlying the Planet Youth method and give directions on how each step in the community intervention process ideally should be implemented

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Leading the way

Planet Youth is built on a foundation of five guiding principles. Each principle can be thought of as a unique dimension of an overall approach that provides direction for how each step in the community intervention process ideally should be implemented. Although different steps in the process may emphasize a given guiding principle more or less heavily, every step of the model should include each of these principles. When choosing among competing strategies, the guiding principles can be consulted as a means of identifying the strategy most in keeping with the intended design of Planet Youth and local needs.

Guiding Principle 1:
Society is the Patient

Applies a primary prevention approach that focuses on developing an organized system to enhance the social environment in communities over time. Youth outcomes are a direct reflection of the environments they live and grow in.

Guiding Principle 2:
Meaningful Connection
is a Treatment

Enhances connection between children and their families, peers, schools, communities, and adults by creating teams of adults who are invested in and working together to support the success of young people in the community. Schools are embraced as the natural hub of neighborhood efforts to support child and adolescent health, learning, and life success.

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Guiding Principle 3: Sustained
Attention as a Treatment

Engages and empowers community members to make practical decisions using local, high-quality, accessible data and diagnostics. Data-driven decision-making, community-wide communications, and long-term repetition with relevant data over time keeps community-level attention focused on building healthy environments for young people.

Guiding Principle 4: Builds Community-Specific
and Institution-Level Capacity for Leadership
and Problem-Solving

Enhances connection between children and their families, peers, schools, communities, and adults by creating teams of adults who are invested in and working together to support the success of young people in the community. Schools are embraced as the natural hub of neighborhood efforts to support child and adolescent health, learning, and life success.

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Guiding Principle 5: The Scope of the
Solution Matches the Scope of the Problem

Encourages authentic assessment of the problem and the solution. It’s important that participating communities remember this effort calls for realistic timeframes. This work calls for a long-term commitment and funding.