CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A YOUTH COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROGRAM
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2012
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Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 341–358, April 2013
How to Cite
Schwartz, S. and Suyemoto, K. (2013), CREATING CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A YOUTH COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROGRAM. J. Community Psychol., 41: 341–358. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21541
- Issue published online: 25 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2012
This study presents the results of a collaborative community-based research project evaluating Youth Force, a youth community organizing program. Participants included urban youth in middle school and high school from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds. Employing a mixed methods research design, the study investigated the impacts of the program on youth participants, as well as the processes through which program experiences influenced youth outcomes. Results indicated that youth community organizing programs influence a range of youth development outcomes, including the development of skills, knowledge, civic engagement, empowerment, and positive changes in self-concept.