Urban youth building community: Social change and participatory research in schools, homes, and community-Based organizations

Kysa Nygreen, Soo Ah Kwon, Patricia Sánchez

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Abstract

"Urban" youth-a euphemism for underserved, poor, marginalized, ethnic minority youth-can be active participants in community change. Countering the predominant image of these youth as disengaged or troubled, this article describes three projects that engage urban youth in community change through participatory research. The authors share their experiences as adult allies on these projects and examine four lessons learned, addressing: (1) the importance of positionality; (2) the role of adult allies in youth-led projects; (3) the creation of safe spaces; and (4) the building of trust and relationships. They conclude that urban youth can become a vital resource for community transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Volume14
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adult allies
  • Participatory research
  • Race/class/gender/culture
  • Social/community change
  • Urban youth
  • Youth leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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