In the wake of a string of pretty gruesome local news regarding gun violence, children, and adolescents, I have been writing an article about international volunteers and their contributions to youth development in Central America.* My literature review has focused a lot on the positive youth development framework which outlines the supports young people need to be successful, matching each of these supports to a state-level policy or program initiative. Of the 40 positive youth development needs, “safe places” is sticking out currently, as is “constructive use of time”, “physical and psychological safety” and “integration of family, school and community efforts”.
Archive for July, 2011
Yesterday I overheard someone talking about how they just couldn’t understand–and furthermore, didn’t believe–that the crime statistics in St. Louis (namely, that it is currently topping the charts as the most violent city in the U.S.) were real. The people to whom this gentleman was speaking averred. One woman offered tentatively, “Yeah, I guess it just depends on where you go.” Another guy said, “How do they really figure that stuff, anyway?”