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NCJ Number: 120483 Find in a Library
Title: Barriers to Developing Comprehensive and Effective Youth Services
Author(s): W Treanor
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 69
Sponsoring Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Document: PDF
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After a brief history of youth services in America, this report identifies barriers to an effective youth service system, notes funding problems, discusses staff and leadership problems, describes the "ideal" youth service system, and offers recommendations.
Abstract: The history of youth services in America addresses the birth of the modern youth service, developments in the Carter years, and developments in the Reagan years. Barriers discussed as the principal causes of failure for youth services organizations involve significant conceptual, political, cultural, professional, and administrative factors. Overall, the barriers involve an interlocking set of attitudes, behaviors, and practices that often create chaos and repetitive failure in youth services. Public and professional misconceptions about youth and the youth service are contributing factors to the fragmentation and disarray in the provision of youth services. The described "ideal" youth service system is based on a public education campaign that establishes the need and legitimacy of youth work in the public mind. A central element in a successful youth service system is pluralism in programs and approaches, adapted to fit the needs of particular youth populations. Community-based programs would attract youth through the least coercive means available. The programs must involve youth in their development and operation, and financing must be more rational and purposeful. Examples of effective youth service systems in the United States and Europe are provided. Specific recommendations are offered.
Main Term(s): Youth development
Index Term(s): Funding sources; Social workers; Socialization
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