Goal Management


In the culminating stage of Step-It-Up-2-Thrive, youth select a goal that grows one or more indicators of thriving. As they strive for their personal goal, adults coach them in goal management skills. Dr. Richard Lerner at Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, has demonstrated that young people who develop strong goal management skills are on a positive journey towards thriving. The youth goal management skills are described as an internal GPS guidance system that stands for: Goal Selection, Pursuit of Strategies and Shifting gears in the face of challenges.

When youth start to think about their actions and adapt their behavior to internal cues and environmental feedback... ...this self-regulation is at the core of identity development and attainment of goals.

-Dr. Richard Lerner,
Tufts University