Integrative Youth Development (IYD)


Integrative Youth Development™ takes the best of the youth-development research. We have identified the seven factors (we call them phactors) that can be used to assess, nurture, and sustain young people. The science of Integrative Youth Development is founded in the multi-disciplinary study of young people within the context of their environments (ecologies). 


IYD brings research, data, and insights from biology, genetics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, theology, economics, physics, and anthropology. IYD presents a framework for the development of individual youth, within the context of their environment. This framework demonstrates the role of his/her individual traits, talents and propensities within the conditions provided by family, school, community, and culture.


Over the past 50 years, researchers and theorists have been exploring the time-honored cultural wisdom that all youth are more likely to thrive within a nurturing and supportive environment that provides opportunities for skill development and talent identification. Within this circle of support, the young person is exposed to values, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that they will absorb into their personality, and give them more options in the environments outside this circle. 

In 2016, Changing Children's Worlds staff has developed the Integrative Youth Development ROY G BIV PRISM Curriculum for elementary school children. For further information, contact:

Kim Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D. 

 Changing Children's Worlds Foundation

 411 Steven's Street, Geneva, IL 60134


 Lisa "Kersch" Kerscher    

   Education Director

   406.542.334 |

   3700 S. Russel St. #114, Missoula, MT 59801

   "Connecting Students to a Bright Future"


CCWF returns to

Nenana, Alaska

March 2015– CCWF Director Kimberly Svevo-Cianci returned to Nenana, Alaska to collaborate with Derek Peterson and others in a Student Support Card Phlight Club Camp. The youth involved learned to trust and support each other in this two day camp.


Download the whole Presentation here!

CCWF trip to Alaska

to meet with IYD

Nov. 2014– To the right are pictures from the Nenana, Alaska School District introduction of IYD Student Support program for children 3rd-6th grades. Derek Peterson, CCWF Co-Founder working magic with children & youth who is a CCWF partner is shown interacting with the children, including Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D, who was CCWF's representative for the Alaska trip. 



Tel. 630-909-9411

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Geneva, IL 60134



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