ERIC Number: ED298234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Facts and Faith: A Status Report on Youth Service.
Lewis, Anne C.
Research supports the value of youth service, but indicates concerns about the diminishing interest of young people in giving of themselves. New justifications for community service include the following: (1) documentation of the educational value of service; (2) greater understanding of environmental and human needs; and (3) greater understanding of the connection between community service and participation in civic life and interest in others. New approaches to youth service include the following: (1) mandated school-wide or district-wide programs; (2) programs interwoven throughout the curriculum; (3) city-wide programs; (4) magnet school programs; (5) value of service opportunities in helping at-risk youth develop self-esteem; and (6) incorporation of service projects into job training programs. Many states and communities have developed comprehensive urban and rural service programs that emphasize both environmental and human services work. Colleges participate through the College Compact and the Campus Outreach Opportunity League. Components of successful programs include the following: (1) clearly stated, useful goals; (2) an intense experience; (3) good supervision; and (4) time for reflection. Jane C. Kendall, executive director of the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, expands on the relationship between youth service and learning in a six-page commentary. A short list of references, and profiles of conservation and service corps are included. (FMW)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Conservation (Environment), High Risk Students, Human Services, Public Policy, Public Service, Public Support, Rural Youth, Secondary Education, Social Responsibility, Social Science Research, Student Projects, Student Volunteers, Urban Youth, Volunteers, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship.
Note: A product of Youth and America's Future. For other papers in this series, see ED 292 978-984.