Health of Children—Part 2Youth Service Agencies: Promoting Success for At-Risk African American YouthKemper, Karen A. MSPH, PhD; Spitler, Hugh PhD, MPH; Williams, Eunice PhD; Rainey, Cheryl PhD, CHESAuthor Information 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) Family & Community Health: July 1999 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 1–15 Buy Abstract 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. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.