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From Youth Commission to Youth Infusion: A Case Study of Youth-Adult Partnership in Local Government

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Around the world, there is growing momentum to engage youth as partners in community-wide governance, organizing and service. These opportunities for practical civics have the potential to significantly expand the scope and impact of youth empowerment and democratic education practice. Yet limited research is available to guide the practice and evaluation of these youth-adult partnerships, especially in policy settings. Building upon our youth activism research (Zeldin & Petrokubi, 2008), this study aims to address this gap by describing the civic outcomes and associated practices emerging from a nationally-recognized effort to engage youth in local government decision-making and action.

This study examines the historic impact and current work of the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), official youth policy advisory body to city/county government in Portland, Oregon. The project follows the MYC over one year, as diverse youth ages 13-21 work together to influence public policy and programs. Participant observation, focus groups and action research with MYC youth and staff provides insight on key practices and outcomes. Archival documents and interviews with diverse stakeholders (eg. government staff, elected officials, educators, community agencies, parents) offer additional perspective on outcomes. Analysis employs grounded theory techniques. The study will result in reports on the research, policy and practice implications for youth civic learning and action in government, school and community-based settings.
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Petrokubi, Julie. "From Youth Commission to Youth Infusion: A Case Study of Youth-Adult Partnership in Local Government" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p503254_index.html>

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Petrokubi, J. A. "From Youth Commission to Youth Infusion: A Case Study of Youth-Adult Partnership in Local Government" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p503254_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Around the world, there is growing momentum to engage youth as partners in community-wide governance, organizing and service. These opportunities for practical civics have the potential to significantly expand the scope and impact of youth empowerment and democratic education practice. Yet limited research is available to guide the practice and evaluation of these youth-adult partnerships, especially in policy settings. Building upon our youth activism research (Zeldin & Petrokubi, 2008), this study aims to address this gap by describing the civic outcomes and associated practices emerging from a nationally-recognized effort to engage youth in local government decision-making and action.

This study examines the historic impact and current work of the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), official youth policy advisory body to city/county government in Portland, Oregon. The project follows the MYC over one year, as diverse youth ages 13-21 work together to influence public policy and programs. Participant observation, focus groups and action research with MYC youth and staff provides insight on key practices and outcomes. Archival documents and interviews with diverse stakeholders (eg. government staff, elected officials, educators, community agencies, parents) offer additional perspective on outcomes. Analysis employs grounded theory techniques. The study will result in reports on the research, policy and practice implications for youth civic learning and action in government, school and community-based settings.


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