ERIC Number: ED459089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Broadening the Bounds of Youth Development: Youth as Engaged Citizens.
Mohamed, Inca A.; Wheeler, Wendy
This report focuses on leadership development, especially on efforts that promote youth engagement as a youth development strategy. Part 1 is an edited version of the publication, "Youth Leadership for Development: Civic Activism as a Component of Youth Development Programming." It provides an overview of youth development theory, including an examination of positive youth development, and examines the current disconnection between youth development and civic engagement, some of the challenges faced by each field, and potential links between them. It offers recommendations of a "design team" for promoting civic engagement and positive youth development. Much of the information and findings of Part 1 was gathered through research which included telephone interviews and surveys of foundation staffs and youth leaders and through convening and documenting the work of the design team. Part 2 features the reflections of the Ford Foundation Program Officer responsible for this work of how youth development is evolving in an atmosphere of enthusiasm toward youth participation and youth engagement. It explains the process of establishing the Youth Leadership for Development Initiative, a learning network of 16 community-based organizations, representing pluralistic constituencies, in which young people are actively working for change. The report concentrates principally on civic activism, defined as direct action in support of or in opposition to an issue relating to the civil affairs of people at the neighborhood, local, regional, state, national, and global levels. (Contains 27 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Activism, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Community Organizations, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training, Social Studies, Youth, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, Chevy Chase, MD.