ERIC Number: ED405540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Youth Issues, Youth Voices: A Guide for Engaging Youth and Adults in Public Dialogue and Problem-Solving.
Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
Most of our public problems--from crime to racial tensions to substance abuse--directly involve and affect young people. The goal of this guide is to create opportunities for young people and adults to talk candidly about youth issues, develop new ideas, and work together to implement these ideas. It fosters democratic dialogue by advocating the use of study circles in which young people themselves play key roles in organizing and leading the groups. The guide lays out basic material for a four- to seven-session discussion program and provides "how-to" information for discussion organizers, leaders, and participants. It provides participants an idea of the wide array of exciting youth work that is being done. The sessions explore such questions as what is it like to be young, how can the community be made a better place for young people, how to deal with racial tensions, violence, health, and substance abuse, and what can be done to make a difference. Materials are also included on study circles, how to organize and lead them, and ground rules for useful discussions. At the end of the guide is a resource list of organizations and publications that can aid further discussion and action. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.