The class focus is on contextual themes in the context of positive youth development. Contextual topics include social, economic, educational, environmental, cultural and faith. Awareness and understanding of contextual themes are critical to examining issues, challenges, and opportunities that are important to engaging and developing youth. The lack of knowledge and understanding of context that may be present in the lives of youth can undermine efforts and truncate the youth development. Understanding context can result in transformative to learning for facilitators and youth.