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.

Youth Civic Development: A Logical Next Step in Community Youth Development

Youth civic development: A logical next step in community youth development
BethVan Horn

In this chapter we focus on the theme of youth civic development as a logical next step in community youth development. Civic development builds on the positive development framework of community youth development, in which young people are conceived as assets to their communities. In concert with a community youth development approach, we assert the importance of moving beyond prevention toward practice that prepares youth to be informed and committed participants in the affairs of their communities (Perkins, Borden, Keith, Hoppe-Rooney, & Villarruel, 2003, this volume; Zeldin, 2000). To accomplish this goal, communities need to create “free spaces” (Evans & Boyte, 1992) in ...

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