Community Youth Development Service-Learning: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive

Philip Monte Verde, Marie Watkins, Donovan Enriquez, Shalym Nater-Vazquez, John C. Harris, Jr.

Abstract


As the demographics of the United States change, it is important for youth workers to be able to adapt. Most established forms of youth services model the norms and values of the dominant Western culture. To best engage with a complete spectrum of youth, it is vital to take their backgrounds into account. This means being trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and mindful of serving the whole community. This article demonstrates how these salient frameworks informed a partnership between service-learning university students and Puerto Rican youth who were displaced by Hurricane Maria in 2017.


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trauma-informed; culturally responsive; community youth development; service-learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2019.714

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