Community Development and Youth Development: The Potential for Convergence

December 18, 2001

There are powerful factors pushing community development corporations to broaden their mandates and strategies to include youth and longstanding factors that make this convergence challenging. This volume, which builds on a presentation made at a December 1996 Wingspread conference, concisely outlines the history of youth involvement in CDCs, discusses the forces causing divergence and those causing convergence, and is accompanied by case studies of three community development corporations that have significant youth programming and involvement: Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Brooklyn, New York; Germantown Settlement, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Phipps Community Development Corporation, Brooklyn, New York.