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ERIC Number: EJ860960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Building Strong Communities: An Evaluation of a Neighborhood Leadership Program in a Diverse Urban Area
Ayon, Cecilia; Lee, Cheryl D.
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n8 p975-986 Nov 2009
The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate an intervention used to train neighborhood leaders about community organizing and to enhance leadership skills. A mixed-method design was used which included (a) a pre- and posttest assessment of 83 participants, and (b) qualitative descriptive interviews of 33 participants. Over half of the participants in the study were from ethnic minority groups (Latino or Cambodian). At posttest assessment, the participants improved in leadership skills (p = 0.001) and experience (p = 0.001) subscales. The qualitative interviews revealed that participants continued to be active in their communities by implementing neighborhood programs or starting community organizations. It is recommended that community practitioners and activists support neighborhood leadership programs to foster growth and enrichment in communities, and researchers/practitioners evaluate these projects with multiple methods to broaden scholarship in this important arena. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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