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NCJ Number: 120594 Find in a Library
Title: Service Opportunities for Youths
Author(s): D Heffernan
Corporate Author: Children's Defense Fund
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Defense Fund
Washington, DC 20001
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides an overview of the emerging youth service movement, focusing on some of the organizations and model programs that have reinforced and built upon the foundation of service in traditional civic, youth, and religious organizations.
Abstract: Solutions to problems such as dropping out of school, unemployment, and teen pregnancy must incorporate a full range of strategies that improve youths' life options. Giving youths opportunities to engage in service activities plays a part in such strategies by building self-esteem and giving youth a useful role in their communities. The programs described are based on four models. One model is that of school-based service programs in which students tutor and perform other tasks in the community, sometimes receiving academic credit for these activities. A second model consists of campus-based service programs that enlist college students in a wide range of community projects and activities. A third model involves conservation and urban corps programs that enable youth to work in crews in parks or community-improvement projects while acquiring skills, receiving modest compensation, and taking pride in their contributions to the community. A fourth model consists of part-time community-based or city-based service programs, including some focused on the summer months.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Youth development
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