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ERIC Number: ED336701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Letting Go...
Blancero, Douglas
YOUTH DARES (Dynamic Alternatives for Rehabilitation through Educational Services) believes there are three major environments youth come into contact with or that impact on their development: the family, the educational system, and the "street." An element missing from all of these environments is youth participation. A fourth environment must be created to bring all the environments in contact with one another and to draw upon their positive traits. Youth must be allowed the freedom to make their own choices in the formation and maintenance of this fourth environment. YOUTH DARES has implemented a series of processes to develop, establish, and maintain a high degree of youth participation in its programming. There are two youth representatives on the agency's Board of Directors. The agency places a priority on hiring young people whenever possible. The agency sponsors an alternative high school program with five components (academics, internships, group, student government, and parent workshops). The student government is modeled after the U.S. government. Government committees include the law, sports, finance, fund-raising, newsletter, graduation, special events, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) task force committees. Students have written their own Declaration of Independence and are working on their own Constitution. Empowering youth and "letting go" can result in a more cohesive and effective approach to working with youth. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A