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Introduction

Jeffrey M. Jenson, Catherine F. Alter, Nicole Nicotera, Elizabeth K. Anthony and Shandra S. Forrest-Bank

in Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755882
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755882.003.0008
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This book is divided into two parts. The first section describes three common theoretical approaches to providing community-based programs to at-risk children and youth: risk and resilience, positive youth development (PYD), and interorganizational collaboration. Part two presents a new intervention model that integrates elements of risk and resilience, PYD, and interorganizational collaboration into a single framework called the Integrated Prevention and Early Intervention Model (IPEI). The IPEI is applied using a case study of the Bridge Project, an extended education support program serving at-risk children and families in four Denver, Colorado public housing communities. The history and current status of the program is described. Findings from an organizational analysis of the Bridge Project and results from a mixed-method investigation of participant outcomes are presented. The final chapter argues that community programs like the Bridge Project are an essential part of a comprehensive plan to improve academic achievement among the nation’s youth. Recommendations for advancing extended education support programs for at-risk children and youth are delineated.

Keywords: at-risk youth; risk; protection; resilience; community-based programs; after-school programs; Bridge Project

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