Promising Youth Development Strategies: Youth Service Programs

Israel, Ron; Nogeuira-Sanca, SarahUSAIDEQUIP32011

This study is intended to provide policy makers and program planners interested in youth service programs in developing countries with a short history of the evolution of youth service in different regions, together with four program models based on program goals and the needs of specific cohorts of youth:

1. In-school service learning for secondary school students

2. Mandatory community service for university graduates

3. Population-wide national youth service programs

4. Service programs for out-of-school unemployed youth


Each of the four program models is illustrated by a short program brief. Featured programs include Aprendezaje e Servicio Solidario in Argentina, the Ghana National Service Scheme, the Israeli National Youth Service, the Ruwwad Palestinian Youth Empowerment Program, and the Jovenes Constructores de la Communidad (JCC) Program in Mexico. The study also includes an annotated list of recommended resources on youth service and international development.

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