ERIC Number: ED356291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting Youth Needs with Community Programs. ERIC Digest, Number 86.
Ianni, Francis A. J.
Rather than viewing youth as an isolated and alienated subculture, it is more useful to view the needs of youth as largely determined by where and how they live, and to recognize that they differ from one another just as adults do. Professionals and volunteers in community youth programs need to understand how the youth they work with experience the contextual differences of their environments, and how the services they provide can be facilitated or confounded by community differences. Each community's unwritten set of expectations and standards is its "youth charter." The community's charter must empower significant adults in youth's lives to provide needed services and supports. A youth program must take a multidimensional approach in an expanded social network to provide social support to community youth. Moralistic, compensatory, medical, and enlightenment models of helping can all be appropriately applied to given circumstances. An ecological approach to youth services can lead to the more effective use of the individual and network resources already in the community. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Programs, Context Effect, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Individual Differences, Need Gratification, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Support Groups, Urban Problems, Urban Youth, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.