CitySongs: Primary prevention in the field

Helen Q. Kivnick, Allison M. Lymburner

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This case study describes CitySongs, a primary prevention, out-of-school program in the inner city that promotes social justice through integrated activities aimed at healthy youth development, arts achievement, and community vitality through diversity. Key ideas from social science and human service disciplines that inform the design and implementation of the program are summarized. The authors describe elements of the program's structure and process, as these elements enact primary prevention and promote social justice. Finally, program impact is discussed as reflected in ongoing staff case notes and in de-identified reflective comments from participants, parents, and audience members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Positive youth programming
  • Resilience
  • Social justice
  • Vital involvement


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