New Arenas for Community Social Work Practice with Urban Youth: Use of the Arts, Humanities, and Sports

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This book urges professionals who work with urban youth to develop or rediscover innovative, capacity-enhancing, community-based approaches for engaging young people in activities that systematically build on their talents and energy. Delgado argues that these interventions must be grounded in the community and conceptualized and implemented by the community in order for the youths to become potential community assets rather than a drain on the...

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Overview

This book urges professionals who work with urban youth to develop or rediscover innovative, capacity-enhancing, community-based approaches for engaging young people in activities that systematically build on their talents and energy. Delgado argues that these interventions must be grounded in the community and conceptualized and implemented by the community in order for the youths to become potential community assets rather than a drain on the family and community.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

The author provides insights into successful intervention strategies, filling a neglected area in the literature of community social work practice.... A useful primer for social workers interested in reconnecting our presence to the 'real world'of neighborhood and community, a world where social work practitioners worked in the past, and should be engaged in the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231114639
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvin Delgado is professor of social work and chair of the macropractice at Boston University. His previous books include Community Social Work Practice in the Urban Context, Social Work Practice in Nontraditional Settings, Alcohol Use/Abuse Among Latinos, Social Services in Latino Communities, and Latino Elders in the Twenty-first Century.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Background and Context
Ch. 1 Urban Youth in the Twenty-First Century: Context, Problems, and Prospects 3
Why New Practice Arenas Focused on Urban Youth 5
Social Work Response 8
National Concern 9
The Potential of New Arenas and Youth Development 9
New Partnerships and Youth Development 10
Rationale 13
Goals 14
Relationship to Other Books 16
Community Context 18
Community and Youth 20
Urban Focus 21
Research Methods 22
Ch. 2 Demographics and Needs of Youth in U.S. Cities 26
A Demographic Profile of the Nation's Youth 27
Needs of Youth in Cities 29
Demographics Projections for the Twenty-First Century 45
Ch. 3 Urban Youth Viewed from a Strengths Perspective 50
A Strengths Perspective 50
Strength Principles and Youth Development 66
Ch. 4 The Potential of the Arts, Humanities, and Sports 92
Implications for Social Work 95
The After-School Scene 104
Pt. II Reflections from the Field
Ch. 5 The Arts 117
The Potential of the Arts 117
Case Illustrations 123
Ch. 6 The Humanities 134
The Potential of the Humanities 134
Case Illustrations 137
Ch. 7 Sports 144
The Potential of Sports 144
Case Illustrations 155
Ch. 8 Qualities Defining an Exemplary Organization: Case Studies of New Arenas 164
Essential Qualities 165
Role of Government (National, State, Local) 174
Case Studies of New Arenas 175
Pt. III Implications for Social Work Practice
Ch. 9 Competencies and Framework for Community Social Work Practice 219
Social Work and Youth Development Competencies 219
Premises Underlying Competencies in New Arenas 222
A Framework for Community Social Work Practice 224
Ch. 10 Reflections on Social Work and Youth Development Work: Fourteen Dilemmas 247
Ch. 11 Epilogue 258
References 263
Author Index 303
Subject Index 312
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Inspiration and ideas

    I bought this book while I was visiting the States last summer, and wanted to bring back something that I could put to use as a youth worker. This book has given me a lot of ideas that I really want to follow up on here in Norway. It gave me inspiration and thoughts on how to proceed in order to help youth through their own interests and resources. However, it does not give an in depth look at specific methods, and should be viewed as a brief introduction to a variety of different activities that can be adapted and used by proffesionals around the world. It certainly works for me, and I will bring it to my colleges as well!

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