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ERIC Number: ED442920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 27
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The Albany Approach to Urban Youth Development.
Biggs, Donald; Colesante, Robert
This paper describes an approach to urban youth leadership development, the Albany Institutes for Urban Youth Leaders, which validates urban students' educational aspirations and fosters identification with academic and prosocial concerns. The program helps strengthen relationships between students' promotive characteristics and their involvement in school and community activities. Negative stereotypes abound in the descriptions of urban youths in the professional and public press. Urban students sometimes even find that their positive characteristics, such as high educational aspirations, are seen as at-risk characteristics because they are incongruent with negative stereotypes. This situation may contribute to the gap between educational aspirations and achievement among urban students of color. The Albany Institutes provide experiences that confirm the promotive characteristics of urban youth and their families and treat them as if they are gifted and talented. The curriculum and themes for each of the Institutes are the result of extensive community involvement. The Institutes themselves offer opportunities for students to participate in democratic decision making processes that promote their social responsibilities and enhance cognitive and moral development. The Institutes also offer prosocial peer group experiences. Evaluations of the Institutes indicate that students especially appreciate the teambuilding experiences and their relationships with mentors. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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