ERIC Number: ED337563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-11
Reference Count: N/A
Young Black Males in Jeopardy: Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies. Report of Meeting Held at Carnegie Corporation of New York (New York, NY, February 11, 1988). Special Report No. 1.
This booklet reviews historical, social, and developmental information about young black males as well as strategies for change and examples of successful programs. The text is based on a 1-day conference on at-risk young black men. The first section sketches the conditions of inner-city black families from the earlier decades of the century to the present. The report then addresses the nature of adolescence and the black adolescent male in particular. The struggle for self-definition is the subject of the following section, which notes that young black males often have their identities defined for them or fail to see any positive role models. A discussion of the importance of the parental role at different developmental stages leads to a discussion of the early childhood years and elements that distinguish young blacks from young non-blacks. Racial pride, its expression when individuals surpass stereotypical limits, and the definition of success are considered. Broad strategies for taking action are proposed. The following examples of effective interventions are presented: (1) the Yale Child Study Center School Development Program; (2) "The Door"; (3) Project SPIRIT; and (4) the Black Family Roundtable in New Haven. Appendix A provides the meeting agenda. Appendix B presents a list of meeting participants. (JB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Black Community, Black Education, Black Family, Black Stereotypes, Black Youth, Conferences, Counseling Services, Inner City, Males, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.