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ERIC Number: EJ791757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Negotiating Reform: Young People's Leadership in the Educational Arena
Shah, Seema; Mediratta, Kavitha
New Directions for Youth Development, n117 p43-59 Spr 2008
Youth organizing within the institutional context of community-based organizations has grown exponentially. Drawing on interviews with more than eighty organizers, youth, and educators, this article examines young people's experiences as they organize to expand educational opportunities for themselves and their peers in urban school districts. The authors explore educator responses to youth organizing and analyze how race- and class-based assumptions about youth leadership, as well as differing cultural norms between schools and youth organizing groups, pose challenges for young people fighting for education reform. The authors describe three strategies youth organizing groups use to address these challenges: intensive leadership development, targeted relationship building with district administrators, and alliance building. Implications for both educators and youth organizing groups are discussed. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania