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


  • Philip Monte Verde Nazareth College
  • Marie Watkins Nazareth College
  • Donovan Enriquez Nazareth College
  • Shalym Nater-Vazquez Ibero-American Action League
  • John C. Harris, Jr. Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School



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


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.

Author Biographies

Philip Monte Verde, Nazareth College

Research Assistant

Marie Watkins, Nazareth College

Professor and Director, Community Youth Development

Donovan Enriquez, Nazareth College

Community Youth Development student

Shalym Nater-Vazquez, Ibero-American Action League

Program Director, ASPIRA Program

John C. Harris, Jr., Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School

Assistant Principal


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