Community-Based Youth Organizations Negotiating Educational and Social Equity: A Case Study

March 1st, 2004 | RESEARCH

This case study reveals how one community-based youth development organization in the northeastern United States advocated for social and educational equity for the low-income families it served by challenging the local school district’s practice of referring low-income children of color to special education in disproportionate numbers. Because this community-based organization (CBO) is typical of many such youth-serving organizations, the case study shows how the assets CBOs bring to their communities can help them negotiate with schools to achieve greater social and educational equity for low-income families. The challenges and opportunities of school-CBO collaboration are outlined, with particular attention to the need to appropriate CBOs’ strong, culturally competent relationships with their program participants.


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Team Members

Sara Hill, Author, The Robert Bowne Foundation


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: Occasional Paper #2
Page(s): 1

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Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Parents | Caregivers | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Public Programs