ERIC Number: ED470266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Involvement for Community, Organizational and Youth Development: Directions for Research, Evaluation and Practice.
Calvert, Matthew; Zeldin, Shepherd; Weisenbach, Amy
In 2000, a study entitled "Youth in Decision-Making: A Study on the Impacts of Youth on Adults and Organizations," examined organizations that actively involved youth in decision making roles and found that adults and organizations had experienced significant positive changes as a result. Building on focus groups and interviews conducted in developing this study, researchers hosted a meeting of youth and adult researchers and practitioners to generate questions that could guide research, policy, and practice. This agenda highlights the interests and concerns of conference participants, focusing on six issues: the impact of youth involvement for the individual youth, adult partners, organizations, and communities; the implications of youth development and associated range of skills and interests for the policies and practices that promote maximum community and organization involvement of diverse youth; how to understand and measure the process and impact of youth involvement across contexts; how to sustain youth involvement; who is advocating, promoting, and participating in youth involvement nationally and internationally; and how the current movement to increase youth involvement relates to the historical narrative, policy frameworks, and other social movements. Recommendations include involving youth in research and fully funding evaluation projects dedicated to youth involvement. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Development, Evaluation Methods, Organizational Development, Participative Decision Making, Public Policy, Research Needs, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, Chevy Chase, MD.