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ERIC Number: EJ791754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Organizations Advocating for Youth: The Local Advantage
Deschenes, Sarah; McLaughlin, Milbrey; Newman, Anne
New Directions for Youth Development, n117 p11-25 Spr 2008
Youth occupy a unique place in democratic society. They must primarily rely on others to speak on their behalf as decisions are made about the allocation of resources within and across various youth-serving institutions. Advocacy organizations comprise crucial representational assets for all youth, but America's poorest children and youth especially need an effective voice to speak for and about them. Yet advocates for youth in urban areas face tough challenges since urban voters typically have few positive connections to youth. This article draws on three years of research focused on three organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that have successfully advocated for better policies for youth. The authors explore the strategies that these organizations have employed to overcome the challenges they face, with particular attention to the advantages that follow from advocating at the local, rather than at the state or federal level. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California