Research by Opportunity Nation shows that as civic engagement increases for 16-24 year olds, so do the positive outcomes for youth and for states in terms of economic opportunity and mobility. Yet, research indicates that rates of youth participation in their communities are historically lower than those of adults, with rates among minority youth lower than their white counterparts. Community-based organizations (CBOs) seek to reverse disengagement through civic engagement programs. Current research focuses on identifying predictors for civic engagement and the potential for CBOs to enhance civic engagement, particularly among disadvantaged youth. This study builds on existing literature by analyzing the efforts of one CBO, Khmer Girls in Action, to improve civic engagement among Khmer youth in Long Beach, CA. The results suggest that a structured environment with strong relationships and youth-centered curriculum is ideal to encourage youth civic engagement.
|Commitee:||Cheun, Lian, Patraporn, Varisa|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Civic engagement, Community-based organization, Recruitment, Retainment, Youth|
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