Promoting Resilience In Youth Through Facilitating Leisure Engagement In Self­ Determined Community-Serving Projects

  • Fern A Delamere Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
  • Peter Morden Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
  • Hilary A. Rose Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
Keywords: youth resilience, leisure, empowerment, developmental assets

Abstract

Many benefits can be realized if youth become involved in community-serving organizations. Clearly, there are positive outcomes to be gained by the community organizations and the population they serve. Yet, youth who become involved are also positioned to developmentally profit from this type of leisure engagement. Benefits gained from participation parallel the characteristics that foster resilience in youth, such as nurturing meaningful adult bonds, increasing a sense of empowerment, and building commitment to prosocial organizations. The multiple stressors found in contemporary society make promoting resiliency important for all youth. However, these outcomes are all the more important for youth in care as they often have fewer opportunities to acquire protective factors known to facilitate resilience. The purpose of this paper is to provide evidential support that building 'resilience capital' in youth is best achieved when youth are allowed and entrusted to develop meaningful community serving projects founded on their ideas for service. The applied implementation of this type of youth directed program facilitation is supported through this paper's exploration of various bodies of literature on, leisure studies, youth resilience, the developmental assets frameworks, and psychological empow­erment. Promoting Resilience in Youth through Leisure Involvement
Published
2006-03-01
How to Cite
Delamere, F. A., Morden, P., & Rose, H. A. (2006). Promoting Resilience In Youth Through Facilitating Leisure Engagement In Self­ Determined Community-Serving Projects. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 21, 18–28. Retrieved from http://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/416
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