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NCJ Number: 211469 Find in a Library
Title: Building an Effective Citizenry: Lessons Learned from Initiatives in Youth Engagement
Author(s): Sarah S. Pearson; Healther M. Voke
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: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents ideas proposed at American Youth Policy Forums held between 2002 and 2003 and current initiatives in the development of effective citizenry and youth engagement.
Abstract: In 2002-2003, American Youth Policy Forum conducted a series of forums focusing on issues related to the development of effective citizenry and youth engagement. Participants had the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of work currently taking place to help young people take action in their schools and communities and to become engaged and effective citizens. This report presents some of the ideas presented and discussed during the course of these activities/forums and describes some of the work that individuals and groups are currently engaged in to promote the development of effective and engaged citizens. Some of the forums discussed include: (1) obstacles faced by youth with disabilities inhibiting full participation in society; (2) efforts to take a highly successful youth civic engagement project to a national level; (3) a description of a project that disseminates grants to schools committed to teaching the meaning of the first amendment; (4) a description of efforts in Missouri and California to engage youth and solicit their perspectives in the formation of public policies; (5) the learning about youth court (or teen court); and (6) a trip to a charter school in Washington, DC, that focused on public policy. The report concludes with recommendations on how to build an effective youth citizenry. Resource and publication lists
Main Term(s): Youth community involvement
Index Term(s): Citizen legal knowledge; Citizenship education; Positive peer culture; Public interest advocacy; Youth development; Youth involvement in crime prevention
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