Youth Resource Mapping: Partnering with service providers and youth to understand the supply and demand for youth services in a local context

TitleYouth Resource Mapping: Partnering with service providers and youth to understand the supply and demand for youth services in a local context
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCastrechini S, Ardoin NM
Secondary TitlePerspectives on Urban Education
Volume8(2)
Pagination3-10
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Place PublishedPhiladelphia, PA
Abstract

Past research has shown that out-of-school time (OST) programs can have substantial benefits for youth, but connecting youth to programs can be challenging for a variety of reasons. To address these challenges, community leaders working with youth in one Silicon Valley community approached the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
(JGC) at Stanford University wanting to better understand the availability and use of youth OST opportunities. This community has a high number of youth facing multiple risk factors as well as a deep tradition of community service, resulting in a dense network of youth-serving organizations in a relatively small community. Partners wondered why many youth were disconnected from services when there were so many available. In response,
the JGC collaborated with this group of partners to design and implement a local, community participatory case study. Combining detailed information about program availability, survey data collected by youth on their peers’ OST activities, and crime and transit location data, we used a combination of GIS and quantitative data analyses to examine the supply and demand of youth programming and barriers to accessing those programs. This paper describes the process, methods, and initial findings of this project.
 

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