Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.

The Character of Moral Communities: A Community Youth Development Approach to Enhancing Character Development

The character of moral communities: A community youth development approach to enhancing character development
Karen L.Pace

Moral development is quite possibly the area of youth development that has been explored for the longest period of time. Philosophers, ethicists, and religious leaders have grappled with various aspects of values and ethics for thousands of years, and people have been concerned about the perceived decline in the moral development of children for a very long time. Contemporary literature on moral development and character education spans several decades and includes rich discussion, debate, and controversy among psychologists, educators, politicians, and child development experts (Damon, 1995; Damon & Colby, 1996; Gilligan, 1993; Goble & Brooks, 1983; Hartshorne ...

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