Trends in Youth Development

Visions, Realities and Challenges

  • Peter L. Benson
  • Karen Johnson Pittman

Part of the Outreach Scholarship book series (OUTR, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Framing Youth Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Karen Pittman, Merita Irby, Thaddeus Ferber
      Pages 3-50
  3. Arenas of Action that Drive Youth Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-53
    2. Robert P. Newman, Stephanie M. Smith, Richard Murphy
      Pages 91-134
    3. Peter L. Benson, Rebecca N. Saito
      Pages 135-154
  4. Locating Youth Development on the Ground: Systems and Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-189
    2. Joan Costello, Mark Toles, Julie Spielberger, Joan Wynn
      Pages 191-229
    3. Robert G. Schwartz
      Pages 231-267
    4. James P. Connell, Michelle Alberti Gambone, Thomas J. Smith
      Pages 291-307
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


MOVING THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MESSAGE: TURNING A VAGUE IDEA INTO A MORAL IMPERATIVE Peter L. Benson and Karen Pittman THE CONTAGION OF AN IDEA In the past fifteen years, countless programs, agencies, funding initiatives, profes­ sionals, and volunteers have embraced the term "youth development. " Linked more by shared passion than by formal membership or credentials, these people and places have contributed to a wave of energy and activity not unlike that of a social movement, with a multitude of people "on the ground" connecting to a set of ideas that give sustenance, support, and value to increasingly innovative efforts to build competent, successful, and healthy youth. There are several particularly interesting dimensions to this movement. First, the youth development idea has the potential to draw people and organizations to­ gether across many sectors. Conferences and initiatives using youth development language attract increasingly eclectic audiences, bringing together national youth organizations, schools, city, county, and state agencies, police and juvenile jus­ tice workers, clergy, and committed citizens. Perhaps embedded in the youth de­ velopment idea is a philosophy or a "way" that has created an intellectual and/or spiritual home for actors across many settings. However this happens, it is clear that one of the powerful social consequences of the youth development idea is a connecting of the dots-the weaving within and across city, county, state, and of a tapestry of new relationships.


Action development education employment ideology organization organizations research youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter L. Benson
    • 1
  • Karen Johnson Pittman
    • 2
  1. 1.Search InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Forum for Youth InvestmentUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5564-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1459-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7081
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