Exploring intersections of youth development using Hellison’s teaching personal and social responsibility model and critical race theory

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Trina L. Pratt (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Thomas Martinek

Abstract: Programs in youth development continue to emerge as promising avenues to address challenges young people encounter throughout their daily lives. Each year, several students from UNCG’s Middle College are selected to facilitate activities in the Youth Leadership Corps (YLC) program using Don Hellison’s Teaching Personal and Social Responsibly Model (TPSR). YLC is an out-of-school youth development program for high school students that provides developmental, physical activities to local elementary school youth. Among physical activity curricular models used in the youth development field, the TPSR model has been commonly used with youth in underserved areas (Hellison, 2011). Research has shown that TPSR programs have a positive impact on the lives of former youth leaders. The purpose of this study is to investigate how core TPSR values acquired through the YLC program have influenced how former youth leaders address issues of race and culture in their lives. Semi-structured interviews with three YLC staff members were also included in the study. Data indicated that the core values and strategies taught in YLC helped influence how former youth leaders address issues of race and culture through internalizing self-awareness through the TPSR values, influences and expectations that impact their character and identity. The finding showed that former youth leaders learned that bridging cultural gaps, building supportive relationships, and empowerment through patience and maturity with diverse populations through the core values and strategies taught in YLC affected their present-day life.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Critical race theory, Youth Development
Youth development
Responsibility $x Study and teaching
Race awareness $x Study and teaching
Physical education and training $x Social aspects
Physical education for youth with social disabilities

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