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Trends in Youth Development : Visions, Realities and Challenges - Peter L. Benson

Trends in Youth Development

Visions, Realities and Challenges

By: Peter L. Benson (Editor), Karen Johnson Pittman (Editor)

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Published: 31st August 2001
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MOVING THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MESSAGE: TURNING A VAGUE IDEA INTO A MORAL IMPERATIVE Peter L. Benson and Karen Pittman THE CONTAGION OF AN IDEA In the past fifteen years, countless programs, agencies, funding initiatives, profes­ sionals, and volunteers have embraced the term "youth development. " Linked more by shared passion than by formal membership or credentials, these people and places have contributed to a wave of energy and activity not unlike that of a social movement, with a multitude of people "on the ground" connecting to a set of ideas that give sustenance, support, and value to increasingly innovative efforts to build competent, successful, and healthy youth. There are several particularly interesting dimensions to this movement. First, the youth development idea has the potential to draw people and organizations to­ gether across many sectors. Conferences and initiatives using youth development language attract increasingly eclectic audiences, bringing together national youth organizations, schools, city, county, and state agencies, police and juvenile jus­ tice workers, clergy, and committed citizens. Perhaps embedded in the youth de­ velopment idea is a philosophy or a "way" that has created an intellectual and/or spiritual home for actors across many settings. However this happens, it is clear that one of the powerful social consequences of the youth development idea is a connecting of the dots-the weaving within and across city, county, state, and of a tapestry of new relationships.

Introduction: Moving The Youth Development Message: Turning A Vague Idea Into A Moral Imperativep. vii
Framing Youth Developmentp. 1
Unfinished Business: Further Reflections On A Decade Of Promoting Youth Developmentp. 3
Arenas of Action That Drive Youth Developmentp. 51
Perceptual Barriers To Valuing And Supporting Youthp. 55
The Policy Climate For Early Adolescent Initiativesp. 77
A Matter Of Money: The Cost And Financing Of Youth Developmentp. 91
The Scientific Foundations Of Youth Developmentp. 135
Measuring Deficits And Assets: How We Track Youth Development Now, And How We Should Track Itp. 155
Locating Youth Development on the Ground: Systems and Settingsp. 187
How History, Ideology, And Structure Shape The Organizations That Shape Youthp. 191
Juvenile Justice And Positive Youth Developmentp. 231
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: The Evolution And Devolution Of Youth Employment Programsp. 269
Youth Development In Community Settings: Challenges To Our Field And Our Approachp. 291
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780792374510
ISBN-10: 0792374517
Series: International Series in Outreach Scholarship
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: 31st August 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.42