Sites of Intense Interest

The objective of sites of intense interest is to infuse the the 40 Developemental Assets® and their framework into the school districts and into the communities. Through collaboration between school district, community service agencies, and community volunteer groups, the Positive Youth Developement and the PYD Associate Coordinators at each site have been able to provide students with with positive and asset-building activities.

Union City Area School District- Union City, Pa

PYD continually works to lower dropout rates and truancy in Union City. In the last twelve years the drop out rate has been lowered by 63% and chronic truancy (those absent 60 or more days) by 62%.

Some of the goals achieved:

  • Increased connections with area service organizations
  • Increased asset building activities in the community
  • Collaborated with area organization on various community asset building events
  • Data shows an increase in asset levels in categories from baseline year
  • Positive Messaging Campaign
  • In fall of 2013 students in grades 6th – 12th took both the Development Assets Profile (DAP) and an Activity Survey. Initial results indicate the number of activities a student participates in or wants to participate in is directly correlated to the number of assets they have.
  • Decrease in teen pregnancy rates


PYD Youth Summit

The PYD Youth Summit is a bi-yearly event held during the Fall and Spring.  The Fall Youth Summit is a chance to empower the youth to utilize the 40 Developmental Assets on projects that will benefit their schools and communities.  Students utilize this time to build relationships with other schools and community members in order to make their projects successful.  The students return in the Spring to showcase and celebrate their achievements.

Schools and organizations that participated in the 2017 Fall Youth Summit are:

  • Barber National Institute
  • Cathedral Preparatory School
  • East Middle School
  • Family Services
  • Girard Middle and High School
  • Harborcreek Middle and High School
  • Iroquois High School
  • Perseus House Charter School of Excellence Discovery Center
  • Perseus House Charter School of Excellence Leadership Center
  • Strong Vincent Middle School
  • Union City Area Middle and High School
  • Villa Maria Academy
  • Youth Leadership Institute of Erie