Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Engaging youth: Recruitment and retainment of youth in community-based organizations for civic engagement
by Cortez, Laura Jazmin, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 9; 1596458
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hytrek, Gary
Commitee: Cheun, Lian, Patraporn, Varisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology
Keywords: Civic engagement, Community-based organization, Recruitment, Retainment, Youth
Publication Number: 1596458
ISBN: 978-1-321-97730-1
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