ERIC Number: ED343982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Teens as Community Resources: A Model of Youth Empowerment.
Langstaff, Deborah G.
This manual describes Teens As Community Resources, Incorporated (TCR) in Boston (Massachusetts) for those interested in how to start youth-run philanthropic efforts, using a peer leadership model or for those wanting to incorporate youth leadership and empowerment in a youth services organization. The introduction provides a brief description of what TCR does, the historical background, the underlying philosophy, and the characteristics that would indicate the need for such a model in other communities. The Peer Leadership Program is described in the following three sections: (1) "Hiring and Training" (the selection process and training for teen staff); (2) "Events and Ongoing Projects" (a rally, newspaper, conference, city council hearing, newsletter, program of enrichment, and tribute to teens); and (3) "Grants Process" (preparation and training and specific steps). The next section, "Board of Directors," describes directors' characteristics and discusses the process of incorporating teen involvement on the Board. Following this section is the "Epilogue," which discusses the new directions in which TCR is moving, resulting from the lessons learned during the pilot year described in this manual. The appendix outlines much of the "nuts and bolts" of the model referred to in the text by including interview questions and formats, training materials, event planning materials, enrichment activities, grants process materials, and other operational information. (JB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Resources, Leadership Training, Peer Influence, Philanthropic Foundations, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Urban Youth, Youth Clubs, Youth Leaders, Youth Opportunities
Plan For Social Excellence, Inc., 116 Radio Circle, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teens As Community Resources, Inc., Boston, MA.; Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Empowerment; Massachusetts (Boston); Youth Services Systems