Participation in structured youth programs: Why ethnic minority urban youth choose to participate or not to participate

Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, Francisco A. Villarruel, Annelise Carlton-Hug, Margaret R. Stone, Joanne G. Keith

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Abstract

This study examines the cultural and contextual factors that influence the decisions of underrepresented urban youth, who identify themselves as Black/ African American, Latino, Arab, or Chaldean, to participate in youth programs. Although youth programs are increasingly recognized for their positive influences, little is known about the factors that influence a young person's decision to participate. Using the concept systems method, participants engaged in brainstorming sessions that led to more in-depth discussions about why youth participate in youth programs. Overall, youth emphasized how youth programs help young people stay off the streets, learn new skills, avoid boredom, and provide opportunities for fun and enjoyable activities. The perceived barriers preventing young people from participating differed between genders and ethnicities and included barriers related to personal decisions, peer influence, and parental restrictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-442
Number of pages23
JournalYouth and Society
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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