ERIC Number: ED408383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Safe Havens: The Contributions of Youth Organizations to Healthy Adolescent Development.
Gambone, Michelle Alberti; Arbreton, Amy J. A.
There is a growing recognition that a healthy transition to adulthood is a result of a complex process that starts as children move into their teen years. This has resulted in a call for funders, policymakers, and youth program operators to adopt a youth development approach by providing the developmental opportunities and experiences that all adolescents need. The basic youth development premise is that if young people are given the tools they need to master the developmental tasks of adolescence, fewer teens will make serious mistakes and unhealthy choices. To support a youth development approach, Public/Private Ventures conceived and planned a study of voluntary sector youth-serving organizations in order to define and develop measures to measure the effectiveness of organizations with regard to youth development experiences and to study the extent to which this type of approach is successful in achieving youth development goals. Measurement development work was conducted in five Boys and Girls Clubs, five Young Men's Christian Association sites, and five Girls Incorporated sites. Overall, results of the study are positive. They suggest that there is a feasible method for assessing the effectiveness of organizations implementing a youth development approach by measuring the quality of services in the present. Results also suggest that when a youth development approach is taken, organizations can attract and hold the interest of adolescents and become an effective means of achieving developmental goals without focusing on youth deficits and problems. Three appendixes discuss site selection, methodology, and risk behaviors. (Contains 1 figure, 6 appendix tables, and 17 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.