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Document Number: 6518

No More Islands: Family Involvement in 27 School and Youth Programs - Arguing that school and youth programs should not treat participating children as "islands" but rather involve the participants' families to improve youth outcomes, the authors highlight the family involvement component of 27 programs. They report that family involvement takes various forms across the programs, and that, while it cannot be said that family involvement causes youth development, all of the programs that had this component indicated positive outcomes for participating youth. The authors likewise recommend ways that policymakers and school and youth program practitioners can strengthen youth program outcomes through family involvement. (Donna Walker James and Glenda Partee, American Youth Policy Forum, 2003)...

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