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ERIC Number: ED472353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Count: The Vermont Youth Report, 2002.
Farber, Wendy; Burgess, Beth
This KIDS COUNT report examines trends in the well-being of Vermont's youth. The report balances at-risk youth data with survey results related to "positive youth development," an approach that promotes beneficial attributes of youth and their communities. Following an introduction and discussion of positive youth development and youth well-being in context, a statistical portrait of Vermont's youth by school district is presented based on 15 indicators encompassing both developmental assets and risk behaviors. The positive indicators are: (1) other adult relationships; (2) community values youth; (3) adult role models; (4) youth programs; (5) school engagement; (6) responsibility; (7) interpersonal competence; (8) self-esteem; and (9) parents talk about school. The negative indicators are: (1) tobacco use; (2) alcohol use; (3) inhalant use; (4) sexual activity; (5) estimated graduation rate; and (6) involvement with the juvenile justice system. The report asserts that most of Vermont's young people are engaged in learning, involved in youth programs, able to understand their responsibilities, and have parents who ask them about school. Most do not smoke, use inhalants to get high, or get in trouble with the law. Often, they attain these assets without having adult role models and while not feeling valued by their communities. The report concludes with notes on statistics and methodology. (EV)
Vermont Children's Forum, P.O. Box 261, Montpelier, VT 05601 ($5). Tel: 802-229-6377; Fax: 802-229-4929; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Children's Forum, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont