Working Paper 25: Civic Views of Young Adult Minorities: Exploring the Influences of Kinship Communities and Youth Mentoring Communities on Prosocial Civic Behaviors
by Diann Cameron Kelly
“However, for many minority youth, being engaged with society is a more comprehensive, cultural issue than merely voting, joining mainstream member organizations or volunteering through traditional service groups (Flanagan, Bowes, Jonsson, Csapo, & Sheblanova, 1998; Schlozman, Verba & Brady, 1999; Torney-Purta, et al., 2003; Yates & Youniss, 1998; Watts, Griffith, & Abdul-Adil, 1999). Existing literature shows that young citizens who are reared in communities or have regular contact with social settings that maintain an unequal distribution of power with society at large are less likely to engage in civic life and feel alienated from civic and political institutions (Flanagan, et al., 1998; Reese & Rosenfeld, 2002; Schlozman, et al., 1999; Torney- Purta, et al., 2003; Yates & Youniss, 1998; Watts, Griffith, & Abdul-Adil, 1999).”
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