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The Clover Model of Youth Development 

Through many years of research and practical experience, Dr. Gil Noam and The PEAR Institute have developed the Clover Model.

 

The model is called Clover to convey growth, luck, nurturance, and balance. It is a framework that helps us understand human developmental needs. It establishes a common language that can be used to communicate the strengths and challenges of children and youth.

 

The Clover Model highlights four essential elements that people of all ages need in order to thrive, learn, and develop Active Engagement, Assertiveness, Belonging, and Reflection.

Click the leaves to learn more about each Clover leaf.

The model is about balance between the four leaves. While many individuals tend to specialize in a specific leaf, we each possess all the leaves to a greater or lesser degree and our tendencies may shift over our lifetimes. People specialized in one leaf often demonstrate particular strengths and struggles. Striving for personal balance between the four leaves of the Clover can help adults and students achieve positive mental health.

Clover is helpful in identifying the basic needs that kids have. By designing programs accordingly so each one of these gets nourished and children can work towards their own personal Clover balance, children are healthier mentally, emotionally, and academically.