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Youth Service Agencies: Promoting Success for At-Risk African American Youth

Kemper, Karen A. MSPH, PhD; Spitler, Hugh PhD, MPH; Williams, Eunice PhD; Rainey, Cheryl PhD, CHES

Health of Children—Part 2

Many youth service programs address the needs of high–risk youth. Often, these programs do not consider community values in program design or implementation. In this study, nine success-promoting criteria identified in a previous community assessment of African Americans were incorporated into an agency survey to assess whether they incorporated these criteria into their youth programs. Thirty-six percent of the agencies surveyed returned information concerning their youth programs. Agencies agreed that the criteria were important but little evidence existed concerning their incorporation into programs. Agency interactions consisted of networking and referrals, although mutual communication among agencies with common program goals was rare.

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health (Kemper)

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health (Spitler)

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Williams)

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (Rainey)

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.