ERIC Number: ED355874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Illicit Drugs and African American Youth in Summit University. A Summit University Anti-Drug Initiative Task Force Report.
Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul. Chemical Dependency Program Div.
This report addresses the legislation passed by the 1990 Minnesota Legislature concerning the African American Youth Treatment Planning effort for providing five recommendations on prevention, treatment, and aftercare of drug abuse for this population. Based on a literature review and needs assessment that entailed a demographic and socioeconomic study, service provider inventory, key informant interviews, youth focus meetings, and town meetings, the report shows that youth were not aware of many of the services available to them, that they relied on peers for information, and that youth who were involved in interesting activities were unlikely to sell drugs. The following recommendations are discussed: (1) improve information, referral, and outreach services to youth; (2) involve youth in the planning, implementation, management, promotion of programs that hope to affect youth problems; (3) provide compensated experiences for youth; (4) support African American families; and (5) offer youth opportunities to explore culturally-based values and mores. Appendices include lists of the members of the Summit University Anti-Drug Initiative Task Force, the key informants, and the participants of the town meeting. (Contains 73 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul. Chemical Dependency Program Div.