Youth Development and Community Development: Promises and Challenges of Convergence

December 18, 2001

A growing number of practitioners, researchers, activists and policy makers are asking a critical question: How can youth development approaches enhance community development and, likewise, how can community development strategies promote youth development? This thought piece provides a persuasive overview of theoretical and practical evidence of youth and community development as convergent goals or strategies. Accompanying this piece is a case study of Youth Development, Inc., a youth-serving organization that has now established a CDC.