ERIC Number: ED459304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Community Change for Youth Development in Kansas City: A Case Study of How a Traditional Youth-Serving Organization (YMCA) Becomes a Community Builder.
Hartmann, Tracey; Watson, Bernardine H.; Kantorek, Brian
Kansas City, Missouri, is one of six sites in a national demonstration project, Community Change for Youth Development (CCYD), which aims to increase basic developmental supports and opportunities available to youth age 12-20 years. The demonstration focuses on five basic elements: adult support and guidance, opportunities for involvement in decision making, support through critical transitions, opportunities for using work as a developmental tool, and provision of positive activities after school, in the evenings, on weekends, and during the summer. The lead agency is the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, a traditional youth-serving organization. Because of its considerable organizational capacity, the YMCA was successful in operating the CCYD initiative, quickly implementing activities and expanding to additional neighborhoods. The YMCA faced two challenges in implementing CCYD. Implementing the work as a developmental tool core concept proved difficult, and involving adult residents in the management and other aspects of CCYD programming, a key element of the initiative, also proved difficult. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City demonstrated that with commitment and the proper technical assistance, a traditional youth-serving agency can successfully lead a youth-focused, community-change effort that involves local citizens in oversight and in shaping program offerings. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Program Development, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.ppv.org/pdffiles/kc.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Charles Hayden Foundation, New York, NY.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Pinkerton Foundation, New York, NY.; Booth Ferris Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Kansas City)