ERIC Number: ED484061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Civic Views of Young Adult Minorities: Exploring the Influences of Kinship Communities And Youth Mentoring Communities on Prosocial Civic Behaviors. CIRCLE Working Paper 25.
Kelly, Diann Cameron
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Civic involvement is a powerful opportunity in which young citizens can be more engaged in society. It provides young citizens with various opportunities to see themselves as contributing members to the community-at-large. Civic involvement enhances citizenship and civic engagement, allowing young citizens to develop a sense of community as an extension of their identities. Being engaged in civic society is an ideal goal for every citizen. The difficulty arises when maturing youths have little or no viable examples of civic and political participation. When a parent or caregiver is not fully engaged in traditional civic systems of society, their children will not be as well. Thus, youth organizations and mentoring programs become additional critical resources to ensuring a generation is fully engaged in all aspects of society. Civic engagement is not something that automatically occurs upon one's transition to adulthood. On the contrary, civic engagement is a developmental process that includes cognitive, affective and behavioral benchmarks. The origins of these benchmarks can be found in the various communities of practice. Civic participation provides individuals with civic skills that can be transferred to all areas of life. However, by adulthood, many individuals have little or no background in civic or political participation. In order to alter this disparaging fact, social systems must increase opportunities for youth and their families to be involved with service opportunities. Early exposure to service ensures that developing citizens are more likely to be active in the political process, take interests in the equal distribution of community resources, and find themselves more inclined to mobilize fellow citizens for a cause. In essence, civic engagement is more than a high level of altruism, buttressed by positive self-esteem, strong self-concept, and high self efficacy. This document focuses on the civic views of young adult minorities and how kinship communities and youth mentoring programs can work together to promote sustained civic engagement.
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