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 5: Facilitating Positive Development in Immigrant Youth: The Role of Mentors and Community Organizations
Facilitating Positive Development in Immigrant Youth: The Role of Mentors and Community Organizations
Today, one in five children in the United States is a child of immigrants; by 2040, it is projected that one in three will be the child of an immigrant (Rong & Preissle, 1998). These youth bring with them remarkable strengths—strong family ties, a deep-seated belief in education, and optimism about the future. However, their journey presents a number of challenges. Many are settling in highly segregated neighborhoods of deep poverty (Orfield & Yun, 1999). Immigrant parents often must work long hours, leaving their children relatively unsupervised. The family system is placed under stress by the social and ...