ERIC Number: ED442900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Community Counts: How Youth Organizations Matter for Youth Development.
McLaughlin, Milbrey W.
Over 10 years, the researchers studied community-based organizations (CBO) for young people, eventually examining the work of approximately 120 youth-based organizations in 34 different cities. A look at these organizations and the young people they serve shows that CBOs offer a means of reaching at-risk youth, and that they can have a significant impact on the skills, attitudes, and experiences of young people. Surveys of CBO participants show that they express a sense of personal value, hopefulness, and agency far greater than peers in their communities, and even greater than the attitudes of youth growing up in more representative U.S. circumstances. Follow-up studies with more than 60 participants in youth CBOs show that the majority of these young people are firmly set on positive pathways as workers, parents, and community members. Research reveals that effective CBOs are intentional learning environments. CBOs cannot be effective, however, without support from community members and other community organizations. Long-term and short-term strategies to promote involvement in CBOs are outlined. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Community Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Program Development, Program Implementation, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.