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ERIC Number: ED446199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-15
Pages: 7
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Youth for Community Action: Leadership for Inner-City Youth.
Boyd, Barry L.
Nine of the 12 principles for effective leadership programs suggested by R. Woyach and K. Cox (1997) were used in the creation of a teen leadership program in Fort Worth, Texas. With support from several sources, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Tarrant County created 4-H Youth for Community Action (4-HYCA), an after-school leadership development program targeting teens in three inner-city middle schools. The program provided opportunities for inner city youth to learn and practice leadership skills in a service-learning environment. The program used an experiential model to teach youth leadership skills. Program leaders met weekly with each group of students for 12 weeks. Participants were asked how they perceived their knowledge level prior to the program as part of a posttest. The use of experiential activities combined with service learning proved to be a successful model for teaching leadership skills to these students. The students also successfully carried out three significant community service programs in their neighborhoods. Students from two sites painted houses of elderly women, while students from the other school repaired an area of erosion in a park. The model used in the 4-HYCA program is one that can be implemented in any youth-serving organization. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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