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.

Adults who Make a Difference: Identifying the Skills and Characteristics of Successful Youth Workers

Adults who make a difference: Identifying the skills and characteristics of successful youth workers

Few would argue with the assertion that youth-serving organizations have historically been influential in the lives of young people. Since the 1950s, however, a profound set of economic, demographic, and social changes have contributed to a dramatic reduction in the amount and quality of time that many young people spend with caring adults. “The most stunning change for adolescents today is their aloneness. The adolescents of the nineties are more isolated and more unsupervised than other generations” (Hersch, 1998, p. 19). At the same time, young people today are faced with career options that require unprecedented levels of ...

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