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NCJ Number: 166085 Find in a Library
Title: Reclaiming Our Sense of Community: The Twenty-four Hour Relay Challenge; A Community-Building and Fundraising Program
Journal: New Designs for Youth Development  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1996)  Pages:15-18
Author(s): R Phillips
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The 24-Hour Relay Challenge is a three-stage community- building and fundraising effort that mobilizes youth and adults to plan and produce a powerful event, affirms and celebrates community, and raises thousands of dollars for youth development programs and activities.
Abstract: In the first stage, the planning stage, youth and adults, schools and organizations, businesses and nonprofit organizations, and families and individuals come to the same table as a team to produce the event. After receiving 2 days of on-site training, the team embarks on a 6-month planning process that culminates not only in the event itself, but also in laying the foundation for successful collaboration on any project the community chooses to produce in the future. In the second stage, the event itself, youth and adults from varied backgrounds form teams of 10. Each person walks or runs a mile, then passes the baton to a teammate in a cycle that repeats continuously for 24 hours. Stage three is the reinvestment. In this stage each community reinvests its earnings ($20,000 to $30,000 or more) and their learning (sharpened skills and strengthened relationships) in programs and activities that support the positive development of youth. Through such successful annual events, communities are strengthened and become better places to live.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Youth community involvement; Youth development
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