ERIC Number: ED449451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
The Policy Climate for Early Adolescent Initiatives. P/PV Briefs.
The general reluctance to use public policy to confront social concerns has increased over the past 20 years. This document discusses how America arrived at this view of public social policy. Mentoring and after-school programs are examined to help explain specific opportunities and limits likely to make up the social policy climate for early adolescents. Optimal strategies to enhance the policy climate should include five basic elements: (1) ensure new local and state initiatives promote national opportunities; (2) use simple and clear language to explain initiatives; (3) produce evidence that initiatives make a difference in relation to priority issues; (4) develop brand-name institutions; and (5) articulate roles for each sector that people judge should be responsible for a youth's development. The lack of confidence in public social policy as an effective means to solve critical issues is too powerful for moral arguments to overcome. The essay concludes that the critical complements to advocacy and communication are seizing opportunities that exist at the national level and building on them at all levels. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.