Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The emphasis in youth program and policy circles has been to move the field forward by promoting comprehensive services with a strong component of youth empowerment through the inclusion of the young people served in programs in actual governance and decision-making roles. This entry will discuss the strategy of including young people in youth program decision-making structures and what it means for comprehensive programming and, ultimately, its impact on participating youth. The entry begins with some background information that leads to the strategy of engaging youth in governance roles. It then describes one example of this direction in youth programming, focusing on the YouthBuild program. A last section summarizes the key points. The history of public-funded youth programs in the United States is the history of separate, small-scale efforts and fragmentation. Starting with Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty and the Neighborhood Youth Corps, youth policies in this country have largely ...