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ERIC Number: ED495461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Enhancing Cultural Competence in Out-Of-School Time Programs: What Is It, and Why Is It Important? Research-to-Results Practitioner Insights. Publication #2007-03
Kennedy, Elena; Bronte-Tinkew, Jacinta; Matthews, Greg
Child Trends
Many programs for youth attribute their successes to the characteristics of their staff members. Accordingly, ensuring the competence of youth workers is essential for all out-of-school time programs. Past research has identified a number of core competencies for youth workers, including professionalism and teamwork; however the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of youth in America requires practitioners to add another competency to the list: cultural competency. This brief discusses the elements of cultural competence and its significance for out-of-school time programs. In addition, it provides suggestions to practitioners for developing cultural competence and incorporating culturally competent activities into their programs in order to benefit youth from a wide range of backgrounds. The document concludes with an "In the Spotlight" piece on out-of-school time programs across the country who are taking steps toward achieving cultural competence through a variety of methods. (Contains 31 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
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