When a small Illinois community faced problems like teenage suicide, alcohol abuse, gang activity, and vandalism in the early 1980s, it responded by setting up the Committee Representing Our Young Adults (CROYA). More than a counseling or recreation center, CROYA is an organization run by and for young people in grades seven through 12. Regular activities include meetings, social affairs, and service projects. An adult staff serve as mentors and facilitators, and a board provides support. Slayton, a freelance writer, presents a detailed overview of CROYA's philosophy, procedures, and history--its step-by-step progress as well as its start-up problems and failures. The well-organized texts include chapters on icebreakers (e.g., Jell-O wrestling) and communication tools and a helpful appendix documenting waivers and performance evaluation devices. Inspiring and user-friendly, this book realistically outlines the high level of financial, organizational, and personal resources a successful youth committee requires from its community. Recommended for education collections and suburban public libraries.--Antoinette Brinkman, SW Indiana Mental Health Ctr., Evansville Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Empowering Teens: A Guide To Developing A Community Based Youth Organization provides insight and guidance to anyone wishing to improve the quality of life for their community adolescents, whether in an inner city setting, a suburban area, or a rural region. Elaine Slayton presents a cogent analysis of program methodology, detailing how it works. Very highly recommended and essential "how to" reading for youth workers, parents, educators, counselors, governmental policy makers, community organization leaders, parks and recreation supervisors, and concerned adolescents, Empowering Teens provides a blueprint for enacting workable and effective changes in any community of any size or demographic makeup in order to improve the lives, safety, and general well-being of American youth.