Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies. The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development (according to the NE Department of Health & Human Services) Connection: A feeling of safety, structure and belonging; positive bonds with people and social institutions. Confidence: A sense of self-worth and mastery; having a belief in one's capacity to succeed. Character: Taking responsibility; a sense of independence and individuality; connection to principles and values. Competence: The ability to act effectively at school, in social situations, and at work. Contribution: Active participation and leadership in a variety of settings; making a difference.
JJ works with the youth (girls and boys) in its target areas by mobilizing and organizing them into groups, providing awareness and trainings to them about various social issues and topics like human rights, role of youth in society, gender, leadership skills, personality development, communication skills, health and hygiene, sex education, education on HIV/Aids and Community Development. After gaining the relevant knowledge, youth take up the responsibility in enrolment of children into schools, re-enrollment of dropout children back to schools, preserving and protecting environment, lobbying with Government in receiving job cards for their community etc.
Youth are trapped in a cycle of poverty due to a lack of diverse education and skill-building opportunities. Girls are often pulled out of school to take over household responsibilities and many never have the chance to go back. Even in cases where they complete their education, they aren’t given the opportunity to work. In order to bridge this gap, JJ has provided Skill Development and Vocational Training Programmes to help the youth become more employable, gain access to a variety of opportunities and attain financial independence. For them to have equal access to resources that can improve their health, their education and their overall role in the country's development, dynamic skill programs were conducted that equipped participants with market-ready technical skills and the soft and personal skills that are required to find and define a rewarding career.