ERIC Number: ED464171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Engaged in Leadership & Learning Project, Redwood City. Report on Findings and Recommendations from the Pilot Project Formerly Known as the "Youth Mapping Project," November 2000-June 2001.
Stanford Univ., CA. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.
This report summarizes preliminary findings from the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning project in Redwood City, California, which prepared and supported youth in becoming knowledgeable and active decision-makers in their schools and communities, and played a key role in developing youths' leadership skills and encouraging civic engagement in Redwood City. From November 2000 through June 2001, a cadre of 14 eighth-graders and 4 ninth-graders received comprehensive training in such areas as community assessment design, data collection and analysis, and advocacy skills. They focused on how to make the community better for youth by gathering information (via interviews, observations, and surveys) on their peers' needs, strengths, and activities. Overall, middle-schoolers liked their home life, neighborhoods, and schools. Most reported no gangs in the area. Only 30 percent found anything amusing in their neighborhoods for kids. High school students spent most of their after-school time with homework, sports, friends, and the television or computer. They felt welcome mainly everywhere. Most would seek help from a center for support. Recommendations included encouraging a friendlier climate, providing activities and places for youth, and improving transportation. Four appendices contain the Redwood City neighborhood map, interview protocols, youth surveys, and compiled results by neighborhoods. (Contains 18 charts and graphs.) (SM)
Descriptors: Community Needs, Community Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Leadership Training, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Urban Areas, Youth Leaders, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.
Identifiers - Location: California