ERIC Number: ED408394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Meeting the Special Needs of Girls and the Special Needs of Boys: Advocating for Equal Learning Opportunities in a Multicultural City Youth Club.
Davis, Kathleen S.
The Foothills City Youth Club (Colorado) is a nonprofit organization in an urban community at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the children it serves are disadvantaged, and the club's membership is racially and ethnically diverse. The present youth club was formed when two youth organizations, viewed as similar in mission and practice, but different in population, programming, and philosophy, were forced by economics to merge. Although the local government and the community funding agency saw this merger as a way to save money, the move actually cost money, as the unified club was required to hire more staff and develop more programs. Even as the youth club has grown, its funding has decreased. The mission statement calls for providing for the "special needs of girls and the special needs of boys," but this is not easy to accomplish. The club's leadership believes that girls face oppression in society daily because of their sex, and that gender-specific programming is needed to aid girls in confronting that oppression. Providing this programming in the face of economic and social constraints and allowing for adequate programming for boys causes abundant contradictions that hamper the advocacy for youth envisioned when the youth club was formed. This constraints exclude some children from full participation in opportunities and benefits that could foster eventual economic success. (Contains 1 table and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado