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ERIC Number: ED499743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Youth Service-Learning: A Family-Strengthening Strategy. Policy Brief No. 21
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America's Promise Alliance recommends that all sectors of society work together to ensure all young people have a 21st century education in which service-learning and civic involvement are components. This policy/practice brief explores service-learning as a place-based family-strengthening strategy that develops the capacity of youth as a core asset in their families and communities. The Family Strengthening Policy Center's descriptive synthesis indicates considerable research has documented the many ways that quality service-learning programs benefit youth participants, especially young people from disadvantaged circumstances. Data from national surveys, however, suggest that youth from disadvantaged circumstances are less likely to have access to and participate in service-learning opportunities than youth from higher socioeconomic groups. The brief concludes that expanding service-learning programs could help close the education and civic engagement gaps that exist between socioeconomic classes. It recommends specific ways that the human services community, from policy makers to practitioners, can invest in service-learning to not only facilitate the positive development of disadvantaged youth but also strengthen families and communities. (Contains 64 endnotes, 3 figures, and 2 appendices.) [This document was published by the Family Strengthening Policy Center, an initiative of the National Human Services Assembly.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A