Capstone/Dissertation Title

It takes a village to raise a child: exploring the prevalence of community assets among rural Ugandan youth

Term

2012

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how does a community in rural Uganda utilize its resources for the development of its young people? It aimed to explore the ways that communities in the United States and abroad can work for the positive development of youth. The project used Search Institute's Forty Developmental Assets and the Native American Circle of Courage philosophy as a framework to explore the ways a Ugandan community created asset developing experiences for its youth. Ethnographic observations were collected throughout a six month period while the author lived as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southwest Uganda. The project also explores the ways that the Harlem Children's Zone has established programs to meet community needs and provide asset developing experiences to at-risk American youth. It then compares and contrasts these two different communities and considers implications for both local and international youth and community development.

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