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Youth Action: Youth Contributing to Communities, Communities Supporting Youth

This report explores three important trends and their implications: 1) Our understanding of how to best address the problems and needs of youth, 2) there is interest within the field that provides fresh impetus for youth as change agents, and 3) youth are increasingly tackling challenges in their community.

In an effort to deal with the tension between balancing the impact on individual youth and the impact on the larger good, the authors propose the benefits of hybrid approaches originating from the civic participation, community change and leadership development arenas that share a common focus on the importance of youth involvement.

By exploring the commonalities and differences among the various strands of youth action programming, common themes are found that can increase coherence and alignment. The basic process for engaging young people in meaningful youth action — not just programs, but pathways — is clarified using the commonalities found in these common themes. Finally, directions for programming, planning, policy and funding flow from the authors' assessment of the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Publishing Date: 
September 1, 2001
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