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 6: The Role of Gender in Enhancing Program Strategies for Healthy Youth Development
The Role of Gender in Enhancing Program Strategies for Healthy Youth Development
Youth workers confront an array of challenges when trying to develop and implement programs that are intended to promote competencies, skills, and opportunities for youth. As noted in this volume, these challenges include how programming can respond to developmental stages, socioeconomic classes, ethnicity, race, gender, and context. This chapter examines research on the role of gender in healthy youth development. Gender is one of the key factors that guide youth decisions about who they will be and what they will do. Therefore, the primary goal of this chapter is to show the importance of including a gender “lens” to develop and implement ...