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Working with Youth

Using the required and recommended resources from this week and last, as well as 'found' resources, identify at least one specific example of groups or individuals in your community, state, or at the national level that exemplify the following themes and include a brief description of why you feel this example meets the concept. Add a link for any 'found' resources.

1.Works "with" young people rather than conducting activities "for" them.
2.Creates an atmosphere that sparks young people's aspirations.
3.Digs deep and incorporates key elements of authentic youth involvement by making sure that: ◦Youth are valued and heard

◦Youth shape the action agenda
◦Youth build assets for and with each other
Why is it important for programs and or organizations to work "with" young people rather than "for" them?

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There are several national organizations that have local organizations as well. Here are some that have national recognition and most likely can be found in most areas.

The D.A.R.E program. The D.A.R.E program stands for Drug, abuse, resistance, Education. This type of organization teaches children from kindergarten to high school, it teaches them that popularity can be found in positive behavior, not by trying to fit into the wrong crowd. Self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations and it teaches them to have high self esteem. Some of the things that D.A.R.E want people to see is it humanizes" the police: which young people can begin to relate to officers as people and it permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role it also opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth the officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics whereas opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues (1).

The Boys and Girls Club of America is an organization that exemplifies this type of authentic youth involvement, and BGCA prides itself on its ability to create initiatives that allow it to work with young people rather than for young people. For instance, BGCA focuses on character and leadership development skills. These skills ...

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Discusses various organizations and programs that work with youth and create an atmosphere to encourage the youth and build their assets.