Breitbart, M.M., 1997, It takes a child to inspire a village’: re-visioning and redesigning neighbourhood space with urban youth, in: Camstra, R., ‘Growing up in a changing urban landscape’, Van Gorcum, Assen
- Author : Breitbart, M.M.
- Year : 1997
- Published in Book : Growing up in a changing urban landscape
- Pages : 139-149
- Abstract in English : Current media representations of urban youth in the US evoke a host of negative racial and gender stereotypes that depict girls as primarily venerable and boys as primarily dangerous. Many who design or fund urban programs are then influenced by these negative media images in a way that often obscure an understanding of young people’s actual experience and needs. Programs funded from tobacco, drug, gang or teen pregnancy prevention money can be base upon assumptions of failure rather than positive beliefs in aspirations and capabilities of youth. This paper highlights a few programs that emphasize the importance of integrating young people into the public life and fabric of the city, and that see urban youth as part of a potential solution rather than problem. Such programs are notable because they attempt to remove the obstacles that inhibit young people’s active participation in the life of their neighbourhoods.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: children, urban youth, neighbourhoods, gender.