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Minnesota communities are experiencing phenomenal growth of ethnic and cultural diversity. Learn ways to develop cultural competencies in your youth program.


Reports & articles

Examining the Potential of Community-Based After-School Programs for Latino Youth
Nathaniel Riggs, Amy Bohnert, Maria Guzman, Denise Davidson
Results are presented from two pilot studies examining the potential influence of community-based after-school programs (ASPs) on regionally diverse Latino youth of varying ages. 2010

The After-School Needs and Resources of a Low-Income Urban Community: Surveying Youth and Parents for Community Change
Rebecca Cornelli Sanderson and Maryse Richards
Using a collaborative research approach, this project describes a partnership between community residents and university researchers to develop a comprehensive survey of the after-school needs of a low-income urban community in a large Midwestern city. 2010

Gender, Ethnicity, Development, and Risk: Mentoring and the Consideration of Individual Differences (PDF)
N. Darling, G. A. Bogat, T. A. Cavell, S. E. Murphy, B. Sanchez
Journal article on how the effectiveness of mentoring programs may be affected by each protege's culture, age and gender. 2006

Bringing Youth Programs to Targeted Areas (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Jennifer Skuza
A University of Minnesota Extension educator describes how a community-based youth development organization reaches underserved populations with accessible and high-quality programming during nonschool hours. 2002

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