Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Reflections from the International Learning Group on Youth and Community Development

December 18, 2001

The importance of community expectations and social responsibility is one of the recurring themes in this volume of reflections on youth participation and youth programs in Latin America. This volume contains powerful essays by young people, individual ILG members and teams, as well as descriptions of programs. Section I, "International Insights on Youth and Communities: Key Lessons," provides an overview of the ILG members' dialogues around the centrality of young people to the health and development of communities. Much of the discussion focused on the basics: What is the goal? What are the premises? What is the language? The introduction to Section II, "Common Themes and Contrasting Contexts," provides an overview of the ILG members’ reflections on the Latin American traveling seminar that took place in November 1999.