ERIC Number: ED406505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Case: Measuring the Impact of Youth Development Programs.
Leffert, Nancy; And Others
This report provides program funders and providers with an overview of what children and adolescents need to be successful and grow up healthy, and it examines the role of youth programs in healthy development. It presents a review of effective programming, the relevant literature on youth outcomes, and ideas and suggestions for evaluating programs in manageable and affordable ways. Traditionally, policy makers, funders, and program planners have considered the role and impact of youth programs from a problem-focused perspective. However, those who work with young people are increasingly recognizing the power of an alternative approach that focuses on promoting the positive. The work of the Search Institute, Minneapolis (Minnesota) has focused on developmental assets, things that young people need in their lives in order to thrive. The asset-building approach demonstrates that supportive and empowering relationships with peers, parents, and other adults tend to protect youth from high-risk behaviors. A growing body of evidence supports the value of participation in youth programs and a list of 14 characteristics of effective programs produced by the Search Institute. Many types of youth programs have been developed, from recreational to career-planning programs, but many have the common goal of increasing self-esteem, a key ingredient of the well-being of children and adolescents. Recommendations are made for program accountability and program development for local and national organizations. (Contains five figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Search Inst., Minneapolis, MN.