Equity, culture and diversity
Ethnic and cultural diversity are growing fast in U.S. communities. At the same time, disparities are increasing, too. Equity and inclusion are key elements and core values in promoting youth success. Learn ways to develop cultural competencies and build youth programs in which everyone can:
Reach their full potential
Guest Editors: Reed Larson and Bic Ngo
The goal of this special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research is to examine how issues related to culture (including race, immigration, and intersecting dimensions) matter to the effectiveness of afterschool programs and staff practices. 2017.
Jennifer Siaca Curry
This article provides immediate action steps, introducing six strategies that comprise an action agenda for youth development professionals in OST settings to fight discrimination and help youth value their own and others’ identities. 2017.
In this commentary, the author reflects on our ability to improve social skill growth among trauma-exposed children and reinforces the importance of continuing to link positive youth development to the tenets of program quality and self-transformation. 2017.
Produced by Extension: Kathryn Sharpe
This paper is included in Moving Youth Work Practice Forward: Looking Back to Move Forward, a collection of working papers produced by the NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship. 2016.
Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice
Barbara Hanson Langford, Sue Hoag Badeau and Lyman Legters
This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionable recommendations for youth system leaders, policymakers, and public and private funders for improving policy and practice to support the well-being of youth who are transitioning to adulthood. 2015.
Socialization of Culture and Coping with Discrimination Among American Indian Families: Examining Cultural Correlates of Youth Outcomes
Miwa Yasui, Thomas J. Dishion, Elizabeth Stormshak and Alison Ball
This study examines the interrelations between observed parental cultural socialization and socialization of coping with discrimination, and youth outcomes among a sample of 92 American Indian adolescents and their parents in a rural reservation. 2015.
Debra Jones and Linda Skogrand
This publication looks at 4-H programming in remote rural Alaska. It highlights the importance of establishing 4-H programs within the context of culture, language and spirituality, building relationships outside of the village and promoting youth leadership. 2014.
Exploring socio-cultural factors that mediate, facilitate, & constrain the health and empowerment of refugee youth
Sara Edge, K. Bruce Newbold, Marie McKeary
This article contributes to a better understanding of how refugee youth themselves define and contextualize health, with particular emphasis given to socio-cultural factors that enable or constrain health promotion efforts and individual health agency. 2014.
Youth Development Through Mentorship: A Los Angeles School-Based Mentorship Program Among Latino Children
Ryan Coller and Alice Kuo
This article describes the development and evaluation of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), a sustainable, high-quality, SBM program among urban Latino students in Los Angeles. 2014.
Jane Sharp, Elizabeth Rivera Rodas, Alan Sadovnik
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires accommodations for individuals with disabilities in community settings, many out-of-school time (OST) programs struggle to successfully support youth with special needs. Based on the premise that inclusion is beneficial for children with and without special needs, this study explores the role of OST providers in successfully supporting youth with special needs. 2012.
Nathaniel Riggs, Amy Bohnert, Maria Guzman, Denise Davidson
Results are presented from two pilot studies examining the potential influence of community-based after-school programs (ASPs) on regionally diverse Latino youth of varying ages. 2010.
The After-School Needs and Resources of a Low-Income Urban Community: Surveying Youth and Parents for Community Change
Rebecca Cornelli Sanderson and Maryse Richards
Using a collaborative research approach, this project describes a partnership between community residents and university researchers to develop a comprehensive survey of the after-school needs of a low-income urban community in a large Midwestern city. 2010.
N. Darling, G. A. Bogat, T. A. Cavell, S. E. Murphy, B. Sanchez
Journal article on how the effectiveness of mentoring programs may be affected by each protege's culture, age and gender. 2006.
Diversity & inclusion short films
Produced by the Extension Center for Youth Development diversity and inclusion shared learning cohort.
The Extension Center for Youth Development diversity and inclusion shared learning cohort provided a year-long staff development opportunity to 15 staff members. The cohort focused on a digital media campaign to facilitate the transformation process within the organization as it strives to serve more diverse audiences across the state. Topics of the films include building partnerships across cultures, culturally responsive youth-adult partnerships, serving youth with disabilities, religious inclusion and working with immigrant youth.
Dr. Jennifer Skuza, assistant dean and Jessica Russo, Extension educator
What is Global Citizenship and how do we inspire youth to understand, relate and connect to other people? Nationally recognized for their work in this area, Jennifer and Jessica share how youth workers can use the WeConnect curriculum to teach youth that they are participants of a global society and inspire a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people.
Kathryn Sharpe, Extension educator
As the demographic makeup of the U.S. undergoes a sea change of diversification, 4-H and other national historical legacy youth development organizations face a critical question: What will it take to stay relevant in the 21st Century? We must work for equity, and achieving equity requires us to address root issues such as balance of power, access to programs and opportunity, allocation of resources and decision-making power. We must also recognize that we are dealing with layers of implicit bias that have accumulated over all the years of the organization’s history. Kathryn offers 3 practical strategies for organizations to consider. 2016. Read the blog post.