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.

Research Realities and a Vision of Success for Latino Youth Development

Research realities and a vision of success for Latino youth development
Michael C.Rodriguez
Francisco A.Villarruel

For the first time in the history of the United States of America, there are more youth of Latino origin than any other ethnic or racial group, excluding non-Latino whites (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000a).1 This momentous event has great implications for the social, economic, educational, and political future of the United States, yet it has gone largely unnoticed.

Thirty-five percent of Latinos residing in the United States are 18 years of age or younger. In comparison, the percentage of youth among non-Latino whites and African Americans is 24% and 31%, respectively. The number of Latino youth may even be greater than recently reported. ...

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