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ERIC Number: ED384466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Partners in Programming: Concordia University Inner City Youth Project.
Ostiguy, Lisa; And Others
The Concordia University Inner City Youth (CICY) program links university students with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in a way that is beneficial to both groups. Through the project, students in Concordia's Leisure Studies Program provide recreation activities for youth from Montreal's inner-city areas. Positive leisure experiences offer youth an opportunity for satisfying involvement with others and provide a sense of acceptance and security that leads to well-being. The literature suggests that unstructured time may be undesirable for adolescents, as it has been associated with deviant behavior and alcohol abuse. The CICY includes activities such as sports, drama, outdoor adventure, dance, and arts and crafts. The program is carried out through a partnership among Concordia University, a school board in Montreal, community organizations, and university student volunteers. The program offers a select group of university students an opportunity to combine academic study with on-the-job professional training. The university students act as mentors and positively influence the youth because they are different from many traditional authority figures. In 1993-94 over 500 inner-city youth, aged 6-16, were involved at 18 sites. Many teachers and school officials report anecdotally that there are positive impacts from leisure participation. Program evaluation includes site visitations, daily evaluation, instructor evaluation of student volunteers, school board evaluation, and community center evaluation. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)