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NCJ Number: 203702 Find in a Library
Title: Building an Effective Citizenry: Lessons Learned from Initiatives in Youth Engagement
Author(s): Sarah S. Pearson; Heather M. Voke
Corporate Author: American Youth Policy Forum
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: American Youth Policy Forum
Washington, DC 20036-2505
Publication Number: ISBN 1-887031-80-4
Sale Source: American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place, N. W.
Washington, DC 20036-2505
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents ideas, lessons learned, recommendations, and characteristics of effective programs that engage youth with their communities and their schools and encourage the development of active citizens.
Abstract: The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is a nonprofit professional development organization that strives to bridge policy, practice, and research. In order to learn more about how to encourage the development of effective citizenry and youth engagement, the AYPF held a series of forums and field trips during 2002 through 2003. This document reports on what was learned during these sessions and presents recommendations collected from the sessions for building an effective youth citizenry. The first section discusses the main lessons that were learned about how to build an effective youth citizenry. One of the main lessons is that in order to engage youth, they must be given an active role in decisions that concern them. The second section presents findings from a forum on youth with disabilities that focused on uncovering the obstacles that inhibit their full participation in society. The third section discusses a forum in which panelists described their efforts to take a successful youth civic engagement project to the national level. The fourth section described the First Amendment Schools Project, which awards grant monies to schools that give students the opportunity to practice democracy. In the fifth section, two leaders in the area of national service discuss the benefits of allowing all citizens to participate in service. The sixth section presents the results of a recent study on the contrast between the civic and political attitudes and behaviors of youth aged 15 to 25. The seventh section reports on recent efforts in Missouri and San Francisco to engage youth and discover their views on public policy. The eighth section focuses on the efforts underway in New York and Philadelphia to engage youth in the process of reforming and designing the education system. The field trips are discussed in the next two sections; the first taught participants about Youth Court and its goal of engaging youth in the civic participation, while the second took participants to a charter school that prioritizes youth engagement in public policy. Finally, four recommendations are made on successful practices and policies that promote the development of effective and engaged young citizens. A listing of contacts is provided.
Main Term(s): Private sector civic involvement; Youth community involvement
Index Term(s): Research and development; Youth development; Youth groups
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