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ERIC Number: ED558490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
Developing Positive Young Adults: Lessons from Two Decades of YouthBuild Programs
Ferguson, Ronald F.; Snipes, Jason; Hossain, Farhana; Manno, Michelle S.
Youth development is a cornerstone of the YouthBuild program, which provides job skills training, academic support, counseling, and leadership opportunities to low-income, out-of-school young adults. This report presents findings from two separate research efforts that shed light on the process of youth transformation and identity development in YouthBuild. The first paper, "A Framework for Understanding Identity Development: Findings from YouthBuild Programs," written in 1997 by Ronald F. Ferguson and Jason Snipes, is based on a formative evaluation of early YouthBuild programs between 1991 and 1994. In that evaluation, participants described themselves as more efficacious, optimistic, and morally upright after participating in the program for a year. Young adults whom Ferguson and Snipes interviewed spoke often of deep personal transformations not only in their own identities but also in relationships with friends, family, and community. The second paper, "Transforming Youth from the Inside Out Program: Directors' Views of YouthBuild's Potential," presents the findings from a 2014 survey of YouthBuild program directors across the country and shows that the themes Ferguson and Snipes set forth continue to resonate.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: YouthBuild USA
Authoring Institution: MDRC