ERIC Number: ED240187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
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Towards Excellence: Developing High Standards in Youth Programs.
Examination of four programs in which young people have consistently excelled shows common elements, despite differences in setting, population, and goals. The four programs, which exemplify problem solving, peer counseling, community service, and communication respectively, include: (1) the Youth Action Program in New York City, a community improvement program created and run by East Harlem youth with the help of adult facilitators; (2) the Rap Room, located in a Hartsdale, New York, high school, a drop-in peer counseling center staffed by students trained by a school psychologist; (3) the Family Life Theatre in New York City, in which, with the help of adult mentors, high school students develop and present short skits on health-related issues for other young people and community groups; and (4) Youth Communication/Chicago Center in Chicago, Illinois, in which teenagers, with the help of adult facilitators, work to promote positive ideas about the role of adolescents in society. Elements common to all, and which seem to be requisites for excellence, are meaningful and challenging work, a collaborative group that allows for both structure and flexibility and provides responsible roles for youth, facilitating roles for adults that permit careful preparation and training of youth, opportunities for reflection, and rewards for excellence. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: National Commission on Resources for Youth, Inc., Boston, MA.