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.

Positive Youth Development in Urban American Indian Adolescents

Positive youth development in Urban American Indian adolescents
Tamara C.Cheshire
Walter T.Kawamoto

Urban American Indian adolescents face a wide variety of challenges in terms of positive youth development in mainstream society. In fact, mainstream society can learn a thing or two from the resiliency strategies American Indian families and communities have used in promoting positive youth development in adolescents.


To understand positive youth development from an American Indian experience, it is crucial to recognize the composition of family in that culture. Only a few articles have attempted to discuss the intricacies of the American Indian family and its resiliency. Red Horse (1980) explained that the family is the foundation in American Indian society; the American Indian family is characteristically a ...

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