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
Center for Youth as Resources (CYAR), Headquarters for Youth as Resources® (YAR)
Carla Danziger & Shuan Butcher
The Center for Youth as Resources (CYAR) serves as the national and international headquarters for the Youth as Resources® (YAR) youth development philosophy and program model developed in 1986/1987. YAR provides opportunities for youth civic engagement through service to the community (including service learning), youth empowerment and leadership, and reciprocal mentoring through youth-adult partnerships in governance and grant making. The effectiveness of the program model, now in its 17th year, can be demonstrated by a network of more than 70 locally embedded YAR programs in 22 states and abroad. Simply put, YAR's goal is to connect youth to their communities through youth-led service initiatives. The problem YAR addresses is universal: youth who feel disconnected from their communities are at risk. Youth as Resources recognizes youth of all ages as valuable community resources and engages them in partnership with adults as philanthropists or grant makers and/or as leaders, designers, and implementers ...