Grassroots initiatives can provide rural communities with programs that are needed to answer the call for higher quality after school programs. Although communities may be united on goals, barriers to collaboration can stand in the way of progress. Human dynamics are likely the most puzzling variable in community development. The extent to which people can cooperate, partner, and work together can make the difference, while issues of personal power or ego can block the potential. By embracing the concepts of social capital, active mutual support can elevate benefits for individuals, and beyond, in a systems approach to community development.
This case study examines an attempt to develop a youth program in a rural community. Although the program did not meet with success, the narrative offers a look at the process and identifies some of the barriers encountered. It is presented here so that others who hope to implement similar youth programs may meet with greater success.
|School:||State University of New York Empire State College|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||After school programs, Community programs, Grass roots initiatives, Program development, Youth programs|
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