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What is Urban Youth

Handbook of Research on the Facilitation of Civic Engagement through Community Art
For the purpose of this chapter, urban youth will be defined as young people between the ages of 12 and 18 living in an urban context. While significant diversity exists in urban communities, the contents of this chapter offer a greater scale of influence for those youth living in distressed neighborhoods and are consistently marginalized from society due to race, income, and lacking opportunities.
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The Arts, Civic Engagement, and Urban Youth
Amy M. Grebe (ACPPA Community Art Center, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1727-6.ch014
The Arts, Civic Engagement, and Urban Youth explores methods for using the arts as a vehicle to empower urban youth to become critically engaged in their communities and positively improve their quality of life. Barriers that prevent urban youth from critically engaging social injustices and inequalities are examined and arts-based responses offered. An arts-integrated methodology is woven into previously researched and proposed pathways to civic engagement in order to offer urban youth opportunities for hope and healing from chronic adversity. This arts-integrated methodology facilitates in the development of self-efficacy and knowledge for youth to successfully affect sustainable change in their communities.
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