The struggle to achieve transformative democratic practice in the face of seemingly intractable obstacles resides at the heart of this volume of New Directions for Youth Development. It requires, among other things, overcoming traditional ivory tower thinking and doing; developing creative, comprehensive approaches; and engaging in long–term, democratic, collaborative work. Five university–community partnerships from across the United States are featured in this volume. Each has been developed over a number of years and has focused on making a genuine difference in the condition of young people and their schools and communities.
With case studies from
- State University of New York, Buffalo
- Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Dayton
- Widener University
Each case study demonstrates that university–school–community partnerships have the capacity to build communities, advance democracy, and enhance the quality of life and learning for all Americans, particularly its children."New Directions for Youth Development (NDYD) plays a special, central role in building the youth development field. It not only keeps policymakers, practitioners and researchers informed about the ′new directions′ relevant to their interests, it also serves as generative "cross–pollinator" bridging these different communities."
David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, Stanford University
This is the 122nd volume of New Directions for Youth Development, the Jossey–Bass quarterly report series dedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people, including scholars, practitioners, and people from different disciplines and professions. The result is a unique resource presenting thoughtful, multi–faceted approaches to helping our youth develop into responsible, stable, well–rounded citizens.
Issue Editors′ Notes 1Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley
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1. University–school–community partnerships for youth development and democratic renewal 7Ira Harkavy, Matthew HartleyAuthentic, democratic partnerships that involve universities, schools, and an array of neighborhood and community organizations are the most promising means of improving the lives of our nation s young people.
2. The connection: Schooling, youth development, and community building The Futures Academy case 19Henry Louis Taylor Jr., Linda Greenough McGlynnThe Futures Academy is a partnership between a K 8 public school in an inner–city neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, and the Center for Urban Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. It seeks to create opportunities for students to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom to the goal of working with others to make their neighborhood a better place.
3. George Washington Community High School: Analysis of a partnership network 41Robert G. Bringle, Starla D. H. Officer, Jim Grim, Julie A. HatcherThis article analyzes the unique partnership between residents and neighborhood organizations of the Near Westside of Indianapolis and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in establishing the George Washington Community High School.
4. The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative: Working to reverse the obesity epidemic through academically based community service 61Francis E. JohnstonThe Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative is a collaboration between a premier research university and the community to address the issue of obesity in children and youth through a problem–solving approach to learning.
5. Dayton s Neighborhood School Centers 81Dick FergusonThis article describes the planning and implementation of Dayton′s Neighborhood School Centers, a bold initiative of the University of Dayton, the Dayton Foundation, Dayton Public Schools, City of Dayton, Montgomery County, and sixteen foundation and corporate supporters. They sought to reconnect five Dayton public elementary schools to their neighborhoods after more than thirty years of court–ordered busing and to create fullservice, year–round opportunities for neighborhood families and youth at these new schools.
6. The president′s role in advancing civic engagement: The Widener–Chester partnership 107James T. Harris IIIThis account, presented from the perspective of Widener University′s president, highlights the challenges associated with engaging in such work and provides insight into advancing an institution–wide civic engagement agenda.
Matthew Hartley is associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania.