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.
Chapter 19: Community Youth Development: Youth Voice and Activism
Community Youth Development: Youth Voice and Activism
We began work on this volume prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Since that time, bumper stickers and posters have been seen around the country stating, “We will never forget” or “8:48—the time the world changed.” The terrorist acts have changed our nation's perception of safety, but they have also, in many ways, contributed to a redefinition of patriotism and national community. Virtually every corner of our nation mourned and has felt the impact of that September day. By the same token, much of our nation, we argue, remains unchanged.
Recently, for example, the middle-school daughter of one of the ...