Challenges and opportunities to Latino youth development: Increasing meaningful participation in youth development programs

Lynne M. Borden, Daniel F. Perkins, Francisco A. Villarruel, Annelise Carleton-Hug, Margaret R. Stone, Joanne G. Keith

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Abstract

This study examines the cultural and contextual factors that influence Latino participation in youth programs. Although youth programs are increasingly recognized for their positive influences, little is known about the factors that influence a young person's decision to participate. In this study, 67 Latino youth were asked about the reasons youth choose to and choose not to participate. Utilizing the Concept Systems method, youth participated in three phases of data collection - brainstorming, sorting, and ranking - to provide an in-depth understanding of reasons for and barriers to participation. Overall, youth ranked personal development and confidence as their top reasons for participation. Participants also ranked factors for participation higher than barriers to participation. Gender and intergenerational differences are discussed in more detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-208
Number of pages22
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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Keywords

  • Latino youth
  • Participation
  • Youth development
  • Youth programs

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