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ERIC Number: EJ980183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
You<th Are Here: Promoting Youth Spaces through Community Mapping
Walker, Kathrin C.; Saito, Rebecca N.
Afterschool Matters, n14 p30-39 Fall 2011
Research demonstrates that involvement in high-quality youth programs benefits young people personally, socially, and academically. Yet many families--particularly low-income and minority families--are unsatisfied with the quality, affordability, and availability of options in their communities. Participation rates are especially low for youth who come from families and communities with lower incomes. In addition, growing evidence documents that rates of participation in youth development programs drop around age 12 or 13 and remain low. In many communities, opportunity gaps limit how many youth can benefit. The limited number of available opportunities is one barrier to participation. Lack of awareness of programs that do exist is another persistent barrier. The Youth Action Crew (YAC) initiative in Minneapolis was designed to address these troubling gaps by identifying available youth development opportunities, creating maps to raise awareness of these opportunities, and defining local gaps in youth services. This community-based youth engagement project provided youth and adults with resources to identify, promote, and develop youth-friendly programs and places. This article describes a case study that shows the potential of the YAC project as a model for such youth-led community mapping initiatives. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota