ERIC Number: ED399487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Career Counseling for Aboriginal Youth: A Community-Based Program Development Approach: ERIC Digest.
In hoping for a brighter future of self-government and self-determination, Canadian Aboriginal communities have placed great hopes and expectations on their youth. The complexity and uniqueness of career-related issues pose a formidable challenge in the development of career counseling programs for Aboriginal youth. This digest describes the process involved in creating "Career Counselling for Aboriginal Youth: The Journey Inward; The Journey Outward," a program based on the traditional concept of a vision quest. The participatory, program-planning approach resulted in several important outcomes: (1) the participatory process continued into program implementation; (2) planning team members from Aboriginal communities became strong program advocates; (3) the communities demonstrated ownership of the program and encouraged community member participation; and (4) new inter-community and inter-agency networks resulted in other partnership initiatives. Most importantly, the participatory process resulted in a program which integrated appropriate knowledge and cultural components in a career-counseling program which met the needs of Aboriginal youth. (RB)
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 Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada