Engaging Youth … On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Connecting Youth through Community

Healthy Teen Network

This report focuses on the importance of involving at-risk youth in positive activities in order to combat teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out and gang participation. The writers highlight six examples of programs that engage youth through parental involvement, athletics, service-learning, art, mentoring and youth empowerment.

For example, Second Round, which trains adolescents to box, helped to deter 91 percent of its members from re-entering gangs, according to a 2006 study. The publication includes guidelines to help practitioners develop their own programs. Free, 20 pages. (202) 547-8814,


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