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NCJ Number: 67932 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: MAKING TEEN CENTERS SUCCEED
Author(s): S G LUTZIN
Corporate Author: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Rensselaer, NY 12144-2834
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF TEEN CENTERS ARE DEVELOPED BASED ON 50 CENTERS EVALUATED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DIVISION FOR YOUTH.
Abstract: TEEN CENTERS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO UNDESIRABLE YOUTH ACTIVITIES, AND AS A PLACE FOR TEENAGERS TO DEVELOP INTERESTS AND POSITIVE VALUES. A SUCCESSFUL CENTER GIVES TEENAGERS RESPONSIBILITY BY JOINT ADULT-YOUTH PLANNING OF POLICY AND ACTIVITIES. THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CENTER SHOULD BE CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF THE ABILITY, AND NOT SOCIAL STATUS. A PAID ADULT LEADER CAN PROVIDE CONTINUITY, AND VOLUNTEER SERVICES CAN BE USED FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. TEENAGERS SHOULD NOT BE BURDENED WITH RAISING THE FUNDS FOR THE ENTIRE OPERATION OF THE CENTER, HOWEVER, BUT COULD RAISE FUNDS FOR SPECIAL ITEMS, SUCH AS PARTY REFRESHMENTS. THE CENTER FACILITY SHOULD BE LOCATED IN THE AREA EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO THE YOUTHS, AND AWAY FROM SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS AS BARS. THE BASIC MAINTENANCE SHOULD BE DONE BY THE HIRED JANITORS, BUT THE FACILITY SHOULD BE DECORATED BY THE MEMBERS. THE PROGRAM ITSELF SHOULD BE DETAILED AND VARIED ENOUGH TO ATTRACT THE LARGEST POSSIBLE NUMBER OF TEENAGERS IN THE COMMUNITY. MANY ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE MAIN FACILITY, SUCH AS TRIPS AND COOKOUTS, ARE VERY POPULAR. FOR THE SAME REASON, THE PROGRAM SHOULD BE WIDELY ADVERTISED IN THE COMMUNITY. THE REGULATIONS OF THE CENTER VARY WITH THE COMMUNITIES, BUT THEY SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BY THE MEMBERS, AND THE YOUTH COMMITTEE SHOULD ACT AS JUDGES.
Index Term(s): New York; Youth centers
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