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NCJ Number: 153807 Find in a Library
Title: From Deterrence to Development: Putting Programs for Young African-American Males in Perspective
Author(s): K J Pittman; S Zeldin
Corporate Author: Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research
United States of America

Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research
Washington, DC 20009
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
Washington, DC 20036
The Urban Institute
Washington, DC 20037
Sale Source: Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper argues that until there is a redirection of existing services to focus more adequately on the socialization and development of young people, particularly young black males, there will continue to be a sharp tension between societal expectations for black men and the generally unmet needs of black men.
Abstract: In order for change to occur, society needs to reconsider some basic assumptions underlying current youth-oriented policy: that society's primary responsibility is to deter and correct deficits among youth, that young people have little to offer their communities, and that young people have marginal attachments to society's values. A new vision of youth programs must be based on the assertions that youth development is an ongoing process in which young people are engaged and invested, and that youth development is marked by the acquisition of competencies in health, personal and social skills, knowledge and reasoning, vocational skills, and citizenship. Adopting positive youth development as a policy goal will require a full-scale acceptance and support for community-based youth organizations. 19 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Youth development
Note: Commissioned Paper #10
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