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ERIC Number: ED459088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-887031-69-3
A Guide for the Powerless and Those Who Don't Know Their Own Power: A Primer on the American Political Process.
Halperin, Samuel
Many U.S. citizens including educators, community leaders, youth workers, other human service persons, and young people tend to be apolitical, timid, cynical, or disdainful about the political process. But knowledge of the political process, when properly applied, is portable wealth and eminently usable power. Every vote can count when backed by solid facts, deep commitment, and persistent application of simple political skills. This guide is based on the conviction that people need to adjust many of their counterproductive attitudes about the political process and then to hone a few easily acquired political skills. These attitudes and skills will empower people to engage successfully with those who control the purse-strings and administrative powers that play such decisive roles in the rise and fall of many public and nonprofit organizations. It stresses the importance of building human relationships, rather than mere knowledge of the political process or following a set of "how-to" steps. The guide is divided into the following chapters: "Power and Powerlessness"; "On Credit in the Bank"; "Advocacy: A State of Mind"; "From Self-Affirmation to Political Effectiveness"; "Homework Pays Off"; "Politicians' Views of Educators--In Their Own Words"; "A Start toward Bridge-Building"; "Personal (and Persistent) Commitment"; "Working at a Distance"; "Let George--And the Association--Do It!"; "Testimony--Only the 40-Yard Line"; "Advancing toward the Goal Line"; "In Conclusion--And at the Beginning"; and "Going Deeper: A Bibliography." (BT)
American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($5). Tel: 202-775-9731; Fax: 202-775-9733; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Motor Car Fund, Dearborn, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Youth and America's Future.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.