Teenagers and Community Service: A Guide to the Issues

By Maureen E. Kenny; Laura A. Gallagher | Go to book overview

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Overview

with Jennifer M. Grossman

Through this overview on teenagers and community service, you will be introduced to major issues in the field. We consider, first of all, how community service meets the developmental needs of adolescents and identify factors that have contributed to the rise in popularity of youth service programs. A range of program types and goals is presented, along with examples of service programs designed to meet a variety of community needs and produce a variety of youth outcomes. Ways for youth to become involved in service and considerations for adults who wish to develop programs are presented. Research findings are examined to determine the effectiveness of service programs in meeting their espoused goals. Characteristics of youth volunteers and effective service programs are discussed, as well as considerations in making service programs more responsive to the needs of culturally diverse youth, especially in urban settings. We conclude with a discussion of several controversies in the field, including political philosophies underlying varied models of service and the debate on whether service should be required in public schools.


COMMUNIT Y SERVICE AN D ADOLESCENT
DEVELOPMENT

Throughout the 1990s, the popular press, as well as scholarly research, documented the risks that are faced by contemporary teens. Hechinger

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1 - Overview 1
  • 2 - Chronology 71
  • 3 - Biographical Sketches 89
  • 4 - Facts and Data 121
  • 5 - Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government and International Agencies 171
  • 6 - Selected Resources 227
  • Glossary 291
  • Index 293
  • About the Authors 303
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