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NCJ Number: 127063 Find in a Library
Title: Helping At-Risk Youth Through Intergenerational Programming
Journal: Children Today  Volume:17  Issue:1  Dated:(January/February 1988)  Pages:10-13
Author(s): C Ventura-Merkel; M Freedman
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Within the scope of intergenerational programming designed to bring together younger and older persons through a mutually beneficial exchange, a growing number of program initiatives are seeking to involve older people to help at-risk teenagers.
Abstract: These intergenerational programs are distinguished by approaches that focus on meeting the most important needs of disadvantaged youth. The programs make use of both the parenting skills and life experience of senior adults in an effort to reach high-risk groups. Initiatives include programs designed to help teenage mothers rear their children, help to strengthen employment prospects, and tutor potential school dropouts. The available evidence suggests the value of developing more intergenerational programs for helping at-risk youth as the supportive one-to-one relationships these programs promote and the learning that is exchanged by both the youth and the senior adults are considerable. Several examples of intergenerational programs for at-risk youth are described.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Older Adults (65+)
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Community involvement; Low income target groups; Youth (Under 15)
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