This paper describes a development process which builds upon the strengths of community service learning and community development by providing teenagers a chance to get involved in the community while providing a valuable service leading to local action. The strategy focuses on building partnerships among students, teachers, and local leaders to learn about community leadership, conduct a community needs assessment survey, and address a local need through a community development process. Experience from projects in Florida and Kentucky suggests that this strategy can help youth get involved in the community while providing a sounder basis for the community to act on its needs.
Israel, Glenn, and Thomas Ilvento. 1995. "Regaining Our Youth, Empowering Our Communities: Service Learning and Community Development." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 11(1): Article 6. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol11/iss1/6