For the last three decades, vocational training has fallen into disfavor with academics, educators, and students alike. But with renewed interest and financing towards its potential, the question over what kind of vocational training will create a stronger workforce while attracting some of its most marginalized learners has become key to its future success. In employing communicatory principles borrowed from restorative justice, there is a unique opportunity to develop training programs with low-income youth to meet both the interests of upcoming generations and the needs of the job market. In creating programming that better connects vocational training to civic participation and social networks, vocational training could be a source of social capital, creating stronger social and educational informal systems for low-income populations, and also between those with less economic power and those with access to more economically dynamic networks.
By studying the participation methods of two vocational training programs in Los Angeles, the research focused on the relationship between youth participation in programming choices (via restorative principles) and the organization’s corresponding reputation within the youth’s respective communities (social capital). The research showed a positive correlation between youth engagement and advocacy for programming, and a negative correlation between actual youth engagement and prior knowledge of the organization. Ultimately, this research hopes to provoke further dialogue on vocational training, social capital, and the innovative approaches found within restorative justice.
Keywords: Vocational training, social capital, restorative justice, low-income youth, Los Angeles
|Commitee:||Chakroun, Borhene, Perry, Susan|
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public policy, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||California, Low-income, Restorative justice, Social capital, Vocational training|
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