ERIC Number: ED300581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers to Developing Comprehensive and Effective Youth Services.
American youth service history gives some clues to the barriers the nation faces in creating a comprehensive and effective system for youth at risk. Barriers to effective youth service grow out of this history and in part contribute to it. The engine that has driven youth services--and the misperceptions that drive those services--is the theory of youth deviance. This theory infects the media, which spreads the infection back to the public, policymakers, and youth service community. Although the media publicize the current youth crisis, youth service remains invisible to much of the public. The most pernicious effect of the deviancy theory and publicity is the specialization of the youth service and its balkanization into autonomous fiefdoms. The ramshackle funding for youth service work leads to two kinds of funding problems. Overly specialized funding makes delivery of comprehensive services all but impossible. Short-term funding leads to instability. Youth service agencies are not well served by competent, experienced, trained staff members. Staff problems afflict both the agencies and organizations that provide funds and those that provide services. An ideal youth service system can be imagined and developed. Positive models at home and abroad could be adapted to the needs of American youth. (Commentaries by Dorothy Stoneman and David W. Richart are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Community Programs, Financial Support, High Risk Persons, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Public Opinion, Publicity, Youth, Youth Programs
Youth and America's Future: The William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family and Citizenship, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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 related documents, see ED 290 822, ED 292 977-984, and CE 051 191-193.