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.

Key Elements of Community Youth Development Programs

Key elements of community youth development programs
Daniel F.Perkins
Lynne M.Borden

Throughout the country, the school bell signals the end to another day of formal education in the lives of youth. Young people and their parents make critical choices about the use of their time during the after-school hours. They may chose to go straight home, go to a part-time job, hang out with friends, or participate in a wide range of community programs sponsored by community organizations and schools.

During adolescence, young people have a significant amount of free time available to them. For instance, one research study found that approximately 40% of the waking hours of a sample of high school youth was spent in leisure time (Csikszentmihalyi & Larson, ...

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