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NCJ Number: 155084 Find in a Library
Title: Rationale for Enhancing the Role of the Non-School Voluntary Sector in Youth Development
Author(s): K J Pittman; M Wright
Corporate Author: Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 77
Sponsoring Agency: Academy for Educational Development, Ctr for Youth Development and Policy Research
Washington, DC 20009
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
Washington, DC 20036
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

Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
11 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper has two objectives, to offer a working definition of youth development and to craft the strongest possible case for strengthening the role of the nonschool voluntary sector in promoting youth development.
Abstract: The definition of youth development presented here pulls together the twin themes of competencies and basic needs to suggest that youth development be firmly attached to young people, not to the institutions that serve them; and that youth development be seen as an ongoing, inevitable process in which youth seek to meet their physical and social needs and to build individual assets and competencies. Family, peers, school, community groups, religious organizations, and places of employment are all important determinants of youth development. The research found that participation in nonschool programs that promote positive youth development is valued by youths and their families, and that these programs have a significant impact on some, if not all, of the competencies and needs that define youth development. This evidence, as well as its theoretical underpinnings, make the case for strengthening and better defining the role of community programs in youth development. 8 tables, 4 figures, 1 appendix, and 142 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Crime prevention planning; Youth development
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