ERIC Number: ED472647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Young People Succeed: Strengthening and Sustaining Relationships between Schools and Youth Development Organizations. A National Conversation.
National Collaboration for Youth, Washington, DC.; Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.; Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Although schools and youth-development groups are committed to a similar vision of positive physical, intellectual, psychological, and social development of America's children, their isolation from each other can actually hinder growth. The strong bonds among school, community, and family that sustained older generations are frayed and disjointed across all economic levels nowadays. The effects of this dysfunction make the work of education and development much more difficult. Factors that can help youth succeed, however, involve building on personal assets and providing exposure to positive experiences, settings, people, and opportunities to gain and refine life skills. Both schools and communities can provide these elements. It is eye-opening to realize that good schools look like good community settings. This paper reports on a national conversation on overcoming barriers between these two types of institutions. Follow-up action includes sustaining and deepening the collaboration at the national level, starting dialogues at other levels, setting a vision for the development of youth, building on what already exists, developing a common language between schools and youth-development organizations, identifying what should be measured, and trusting each other. The paper concludes with lists of resources for starting conversations, publications, and participants. (RT)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Youth Agencies, Youth Programs
Coalition for Community Schools, c/o Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-822-8405; Fax: 202-872-4050; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.communityschools.org. For full text: http://www.communityschools.org/helpingyoungpeople.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Collaboration for Youth, Washington, DC.; Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.; Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Note: Support for this initiative was provided by the Carnegie Corporation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the National Collaboration for Youth, and the Wallace Readers Digest Fund.