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OUTCOMES OF YOUTH ORGANIZING AND OTHER APPROACHES: Youth Organizing, Identity-Support, and Youth Development Agencies as Avenues for Involvement

A key tenet of youth’s development is their ability to increasingly recognize their potential to making contributions to the public sphere. Yet, young people’s knowledge of civic and political systems is generally superficial and not action-oriented (Torney-Purta, Lehmann, Oswald, & Schultz, 2001). In fact, civic education in public schools provides the kind of fact-based knowledge and teacher-driven learning experience that limits youth’s direct engagement in real-world processes of decision making and political processes (Larson & Hansen, 2004).