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Blueprints Conference

The Blueprints Conference brings together researchers, program designers, community leaders and advocates, policy-makers, practitioners and funders to learn about evidence-based youth development programs. The goal of the conference is to provide information on evidence-based programs and guidance and tools to help consumers implement these programs successfully.

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About Us

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Blueprints Conference

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. Blueprints programs are family, school, and community-based and target all levels of need — from broad prevention programs that promote positive behaviors while decreasing negative behaviors, to highly-targeted programs for at-risk children and troubled teens that get them back on track.

The evidence-based Blueprints model and promising programs will help you get a head start on preparing children for success with programs that have the highest standards in the field. Blueprints programs are identified based upon an initial review by CSPV of a program's evaluation evidence and a final review and recommendation from a distinguished Advisory Board, consisting of seven experts in the field of positive youth development.

More than 1,500 programs have been reviewed, but less than 5% of them have been designated as model and promising programs. These programs will help young people reach their full potential by promoting positive youth development such as academic performance and success, emotional well-being, positive relationships, and physical health. Blueprints prevention and intervention programs also help young people to overcome challenges associated with violence, delinquency, and substance abuse. Blueprints continues to look for programs which meet the selection criteria.

Be sure to visit our FAQ page to learn more about Blueprints.

Blueprints is hosted by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), at the Institute of Behavior Science, University of Colorado Boulder. Funding is from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.