ERIC Number: ED474018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Ten Lessons from the CCYD Initiative. Community Change for Youth Development.
Watson, Bernardine H.
This report summarizes key implementation lessons from the six-city Community Change for Youth Development (CCYD) initiative, which investigated whether providing neighborhoods a framework of ideas (core concepts) would speed the process and increase the effectiveness of neighborhood-wide, resident-involvement initiatives aimed at assisting all youths residing in those neighborhoods. The core concepts were: adult support and guidance; gap activities; work as a developmental tool (work/learning); youth involvement in decision making; and support through transitions. Data collected from the sites led to the development of 10 lessons, including that it is possible to implement and sustain a neighborhood-wide youth development initiative, based on a common substantive framework, in resource-poor neighborhoods; research-based core concepts are extremely useful; variation and flexibility in the roles residents play, and commitment to clarifying and supporting those roles, are essential to integrating residents into such initiatives; older youth and high-risk youth are more difficult to attract to positive youth development initiatives and require targeted outreach; large-scale initiatives need a structured approach to assessing program quality on an ongoing basis; and place-based initiatives cannot draw a fence around a neighborhood. An appendix presents CCYD lead agency and sits descriptions. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Neighborhoods, Participative Decision Making, Urban Areas, Youth Programs
Public/Private Ventures, 2000 Market Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tel: 215-557-4400; Fax: 215-557-4469; Web-site: http://www.ppv.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Booth Ferris Foundation, New York, NY.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Charles Hayden Foundation, New York, NY.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Pinkerton Foundation, New York, NY.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Additional support from Altman Foundation and Merck Family Fund.