Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs: Implications for best practices

DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Elizabeth M. Fore, Kerry McLoughlin, Deborah M Parra-medina

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Abstract

Current literature on community-based youth empowerment programs provides few specific operational descriptions of adult roles. This research addressed that gap by exploring the perspectives and experiences of adults actively engaged with youth empowerment programs. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews, field observations, and interactive group discussions with adult program leaders. The following dimensions of adults' work were identified: putting youth first; raising the bar for youth performance; creating the space and making things happen; being in relationships; exerting influence, control, and authority; and communicating and connecting with the broader community. These findings provide guidance for the development of best practices in community-based youth empowerment programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-337
Number of pages18
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adult roles
  • Community health
  • Youth empowerment
  • Youth programs

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Fore, E. M., McLoughlin, K., & Parra-medina, D. M. (2005). Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs: Implications for best practices. Family and Community Health, 28(4), 320-337.

Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs : Implications for best practices. / Hilfinger Messias, DeAnne K.; Fore, Elizabeth M.; McLoughlin, Kerry; Parra-medina, Deborah M.

In: Family and Community Health, Vol. 28, No. 4, 10.2005, p. 320-337.

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Hilfinger Messias, DK, Fore, EM, McLoughlin, K & Parra-medina, DM 2005, 'Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs: Implications for best practices', Family and Community Health, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 320-337.
Hilfinger Messias DK, Fore EM, McLoughlin K, Parra-medina DM. Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs: Implications for best practices. Family and Community Health. 2005 Oct;28(4):320-337.
Hilfinger Messias, DeAnne K. ; Fore, Elizabeth M. ; McLoughlin, Kerry ; Parra-medina, Deborah M. / Adult roles in community-based youth empowerment programs : Implications for best practices. In: Family and Community Health. 2005 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 320-337.
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