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NCJ Number: 149115 Find in a Library
Title: Building Resiliency: What Works; A Community Guide to Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Through Positive Youth Development
Corporate Author: National Assembly of National Voluntary Health and Social Welfare Organizations, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 104
Sponsoring Agency: Metropolitan Life Foundation
New York, NY 10010
National Assembly of National Voluntary Health and Social Welfare Organizations, Inc
Washington, DC 20004
Sale Source: National Assembly of National Voluntary Health and Social Welfare Organizations, Inc
1319 F Street NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC 20004
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on a 1993 issue forum and a knowledge base on youth development and the building of resiliency in youths, this manual guides professionals and community leaders in the development of community-based programs that will prevent juvenile abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Abstract: A general discussion of the nature of youth development and the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse discusses the importance of community institutions such as the family, school, and church in providing an environment and opportunities for youths to develop positively. The thrust of the manual's strategy is that negative behaviors can be prevented only through the development of positive behaviors and interests among youths. The manual then discusses program strategies and concepts that do not work for youth. They include drug legalization, crisis-oriented services, scare tactics, punitive labeling of youths, programs with a narrow focus, and information-only approaches. In discussing what does work, the manual presents the essential elements of effective youth-development programs. Such programs have a comprehensive strategy with a clear mission and goals; committed, caring professional leadership; youth-centered activities in youth-accessible facilities; culturally competent and diverse programs; youth ownership and involvement; and a positive focus that includes all youths. Actual programs that are effective are profiled, followed by guidelines for a community in the development of effective drug-prevention programs and strategies. A list of resources and a 40-item selected bibliography
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use; Underage Drinking; Youth development
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